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王文興:尋找背海的人

The Man behind the Book

director

林靖傑

running time

103 min

release date

April 2011

 

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每一夜,小說家和他自己搏鬥,在斗室內,像挖掘壕溝那樣地起運著胸膛內的土……。《尋找背海的人》以年輕小說家尋覓的蹤跡,串起王文興的文學生涯。圖書館內密排的書架,校園參差的花樹與歧路,對藝術的敏銳感受和一己之見,猶如雕鑿精神的棗核那樣,精工地將情思翻譯為記號,再翻譯為文字。王文興展現了一個信守文字信仰、珍重對待寫作、以緩慢換取深刻的文學身影。

王文興(1939-)和台灣大學外文系同學白先勇、歐陽子、陳若曦等人,於1960年創辦《現代文學》。代表作《家變》1973年出版,被認為是「離經叛道」的「異端」。顏元叔認為此書「文字之創新,臨即感之強勁,人情刻劃之真實,細節抉擇之精審,筆觸之細膩含蓄等方面,使它成為中國近代小說少數的傑作之一」。前後歷時二十五年完成的《背海的人》上下冊發表後,再度受到文壇矚目,咸認為將現代主義美學推到了極端。目前正在著手新作,完成時間不可期。

導演林靖傑

早期小說及散文作品,曾獲得時報文學獎散文首獎與聯合報小說新人獎首獎。其沉穩的電影作品更是亞太影展、台北電影節、金馬獎、金穗獎的得獎常客。2007年《最遙遠的距離》獲得威尼斯影展「國際影評人週最佳影片」。

Every night the novelist is fighting with himself in a confined space, taking out soil from his heart like he is excavating a ditch. By keeping track of a young novelist, The Man behind the Book is connecting the various pieces of Wang Wen-xinʼs literary career. From the dense rows of book shelves in the library to the unevenly lined-up trees and forked roads, his sharp sensitiveness to art and personal opinions, just like sculpting the core of spirituality, translates thoughts into signals precisely, and eventually turns them into words. Wang Wen-xin is a figure in the literary circle who worships words like religion, treats writing valuably, and exchanges deepness with slowness.

Wang Wen-xin (1939- ) founded the literary magazine Modern Literature with his classmates from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at National Taiwan University, including Bai Xien-yung, Ouyang Zhu, and Chen Ruo-xi. His iconic piece Family Catastrophe was published in 1973, and was considered a “revolutionary and subversive” work. The famous scholar Yen Yuan- Shu felt the book was “one of the few masterpieces in modern Chinese novels for its innovation of language, strength of experiential style, reality of interpersonal description, meticulousness of selection of details, and delicacy and euphemism of the tone”. Backed against the Sea, that took him 25 years to complete, once again caught the attention of the literary circle after the first and final episodes were published. It is widely agreed that this work pushes the beauty of modernismto its limit. Wang Wen-xin is writing a new book at the moment, but the publishing date has yet to be confirmed.

Director Lin Jing-jie

Lin Jing-jie has won the first prize for prose at the Literature Awards of the China Times, and the first prize for novels at the Literature Award of the United Daily News. His profound film style is the constant winner at the Asia Pacific Film Festival, Taipei Film Festival, Golden Horse Awards, and Golden Harvest Awards. He took the International Critics' Week Award at the Venice Film Festival with his 2007 film The Most Distant Course.

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