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Tales of Tibet


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Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Vagrant Spirit Chapter 4 A Fiction Chapter 5 A Ballad of the Himalayas Chapter 6 Encounter Chapter 7 Tibet: A Soul Knotted on a Leather Thong Chapter 8 The Glory of a Wind Horse Chapter 9 For Whom the Bell Tolls Chapter 10 An Old Nun Tells Her Story Chapter 11 A God without Gender Chapter 12 The Circular Day Chapter 13 Wind over the Grasslands Chapter 14 In Search of Musk Chapter 15 The Blind Woman Selling Red Apples Chapter 16 The Weevil Chapter 17 The Final Aspersion Chapter 18 Glossary

About the Author

Herbert Batt is a poet and translator. He received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toronto and has taught in China and Poland.


The first secular, literary anthology of its kind in English... A collection of 14 gritty stories, the book features a solid preface by Tsering Shakya, which offers excellent context for Batt's strong translations... An engaging, purposeful anthology. Highly recommended. CHOICE [Tales of Tibet] should be read by all those who are interested in current development in Tibet and who are fond of good literature. -- Martin Slobodnik Asian and African Studies Offers a fascinating insight into the way Tibetans perceive themselves and the way they are seen by their colonisers. Tibet Alive An exciting anthology that will not disappoint literature lovers. Herbert Batt has translated into English for the first time some of the best stories about Tibet written in Chinese. His solid translations meet the challenge of rendering in English such varied literary styles as realism, magical realism, and even surrealism...A splendid foreword by Tsering Shakya introduces the difficult and almost unstudied subject of modern literature produced in the Tibetan territories. Persimmon [T]his collection...is of the utmost importance...The "Tibet" evoked in these stories is haunting-the characters are rich and deep, and the styles of the writers are subtle and poignant. World Literature Today A landmark... What we find inside...is a body of work to be marveled at, that has as yet hardly been seriously studied in the languages in which it is written, let alone in English... They reward the reading of anyone interested in contemporary fiction...Great art is rare to come by, and the splendours of Tibetan New Fiction have not yet received the tribute they deserve. New Left Review

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