Return to Tibet: Tibet After the Chinese Occupation

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J.P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998 - Travel - 207 pages
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Heinrich Harrer returns to northern India and Tibet thirty-three years after he was forced to flee the Forbidden City of Lhasa.

The New York Times bestseller Seven Years in Tibet told the incredible story of an idyllic life on the "roof of the world", before it was destroyed by the invading Chinese army.

Now, in the extraordinary Return to Tibet, Austrian adventurer Henrich Harrer revisits the people and places he left behind. A compelling mix of history, religion, and travel writing, his book bears witness to the suffering and perseverance of this ancient civilization under Chinese rule.

Against a backdrop of ruined monasteries and the beautiful, mysterious Himalayas, Harrer vividly evokes both a free Tibet in which religion and faith were central features of daily life, and the present-day occupied nation from which a profoundly spiritual culture threatens to disappear. He reflects on the country's problems and in a reunion with his former pupil, the Dalai Lama, discusses ways of preserving the Tibetans' national character and their homeland.

Like Seven Years in Tibet, this is a timeless story of Eastern culture that beckons readers to a land of majestic mountains and a religion that has endured for a thousand years.

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User Review  - Terri Schneider - Goodreads

Harrer's writing lacked the finesse of Seven Years in Tibet, but the information was impactful none the less. Very important read about a continuing tragic state in Tibet. Read full review

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User Review  - Jonathan - Goodreads

Return to Tibet has a copyright date of 1983, about thirty years after Harrer left that country, a period he wrote about his famous book, Seven Years in Tibet. It is now another 30 years since that ... Read full review



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About the author (1998)

In 1939 Harrer was a member of the Nanga Parbat Expedition that was interned in India by the British at the outbreak of World War II. He escaped by way of Tibet, and during his seven years there, he was unofficial tutor to the Dalai Lama in Lhasa, whom he taught geography, arithmetic, and English. Harrer is an Austrian, and during his years at the College and University of Graz, he climbed hundreds of walls and ridges in the Alps, some for the first time.

Ewald Osers is the distinguished translator of numerous works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from German and Czech, including the correspondence of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

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