Recently, I read a lot of novels written by Chinese authors. I am reading books by Gao Xingjian now. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gao_Xingjian
Many Chinese novels deal with the difficult times the authors had to go through during the sixty years of New China. Gao Xinglian's novels, "Soul Mountain" and "One Man's Bible", seem to give me an impression that experiences of the difficult times were distilled and converted into a form of artistic expression. And this aspect seems to make him stand from the other Chinese authors.