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Shadow Tibet: Selected Writing 1989 to 2004

Jamyang Norbu (Author)
Synopsis Like alternate worlds in science fiction, two distinct Tibets co-exist these days. One flourishes in the light of celebrity patronage, museum openings, academic opportunities, pop spirituality and New Age fashions. This is the Tibet that has captured the romantic fantasy of the West and which has drawn much of the interest that the Tibet issue receives at the moment. Here, the problems of Tibet: the nation of the Tibetans, is nowhere as relevant or important as that of Tibet: the repository of a secret wisdom to save a materialistic and self-destructive West. The other Tibet exists in the shadow of a cruel and relentless Darwinian reality. Under Chinese Communist occupation it is a world o paid informers, secret police, prison walls, torture, executions, unemployment, racism and overwhelming cultural loss; revealing itself in individual lives, like sores on plague victims, in alcoholism, sexual degradation, broken families, violence and growing hopelessness. In the exile community this manifests itself, especially in the leadership, in intellectual confusion and complete loss of political direction. Yet, this is also a world, unacknowledged perhaps, of selfless service, loyalty, love of country-and when called upon-of heroism and sacrifice. This is the world the author has attempted to write about. This is shadow Tibet.
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About the author

Jamyang Norbu

Jamyang Norbu is one of Tibet's foremost writers at work today. HIs novel, the Mandala of Sherlock Holmes, won the prestigious Crossword Book Award, India's equivalent of the Booker Prize, and has been publshed in over a dozen languages. He is also the author of Warriors of Tibet and Performing Traditions of Tibet. The latter reflects his work as an ethnomusicologist and director of the Tibetan Institute of, Performing Arts. Norbu is best known for his polemical writings. the first collection of his political essays, illusion and Reality, was published in 1989. A second collection, Shadow Tibet, is to be released at the end of 2004. Norbu has also written a number of plays as well as a traditional Tibetan opera libertto. He served as a director of the Tibetan Centre for Advanced Studies (the Amnye Machen Institute), which was twice awarded the Poul Lauretzen Freedom Prize of Denmark. Norbu was a member of the Tibetan resistance movement in Mustang on the Nepal Tibet border. He currently lives in Tennessee with his wife and two Daughters.

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Title Shadow Tibet: Selected Writing 1989 to 2004
Author Jamyang Norbu
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Bluejay Books
Language: English
isbn 818857581X
length x+335p., 22cm.