Secret Tibet

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Harvill, 2002 - Travel - 425 pages
Fosco Maraini looks back at the world he first unfolded nearly 50 years ago in his classic account of the visits he made to Tibet. He brings back to life a world which will never be seen again. In the tradition of Italian travellers from the days of Marco Polo, Maraini went to Tibet to learn, to understand, to give and to receive. His encounter with the people of Tibet, from princesses to peasants, aided as he was by a good knowledge of the language, is a true meeting of minds. The text, which attests to the disciplines of the scholar allied to the sensitivity of the poet, is enriched by the narrative value of the author's photographs, including many Buddhist temple artefacts now forever lost.

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One of the last authoritative firsthand accounts of traditional Tibet before its fall to China was written by Maraini, a young Italian who visited in 1937 and again in 1948. He was not just an ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Fosco Maraini was born in Florence in 1912. An anthropologist by training, after his first visit to Tibet he was trapped in Japan by the outbreak of war, and taught in the University of Kyoto until interned. In addition to his writing he has been a broadcaster, documentary film-maker, and professor at the University of Florence. From 1959 to 1964 he was Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford.

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