Mabel Lee

Mabel LeeAfter a distinguished academic career in South-east Asian studies at Sydney University, Mabel Lee turned to literature.

HarperCollins Australia published her translation of Gao Xingjian’s novel Soul Mountain in June 2000. It won the NSW Premier’s Prize for Translation in 2001. HarperCollins released Soul Mountain in hardcover in the US and printed 85,000 copies to meet demand in the first two months of publication. HarperCollins UK released their edition early in 2001.

Mabel’s translation of Gao’s next novel, One Man’s Bible, was published by HarperCollins in the US, UK and Australia in 2002.

Buying a Fishing Rod for my Grandfather, a beautiful collection of Gao’s short stories, was translated by Mabel and published by HarperCollins in Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.A. in 2004.