NANJING, May 14 (Xinhua) -- Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2008, has said he is obsessed with Chinese literature due to its historical creativity and vitality.
Le Clezio made the remarks at a meet-and-greet in a bookstore in Nanjing of east China's Jiangsu Province over the weekend.
"Chinese literature has a fruitful and long history," he said. "I have been impressed by its creativity and vitality in various periods."
The Nobel laureate said he was planning a new book about China. In the book, Le Clezio plans to share his personal feelings about China, including his views on ancient Chinese ideologists Confucius and Mencius, and iconic landscapes such as the Yangtze River and the Yellow River.
"While standing by the Yangtze River and watching the river rolling down, sometimes I can come up with some new insights into the people and things throughout Chinese history," he said.
Le Clezio visited China as early as in 1967. "I have been looking forward to visiting China since I put up a travel plan. It's an important part for me to know the world."
Born in 1940 in Nice of France, Le Clezio was awarded the Nobel prize as an "author of new departures, poetic adventure and sensual ecstasy, explorer of a humanity beyond and below the reigning civilization." He keeps a frequent exchange with the Chinese literary circle and is an honorary professor at Nanjing University.