Stick Out Your Tongue

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Vintage, 2007 - Tibet (China) - 90 pages
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A Chinese writer whose marriage has fallen apart travels to Tibet. As he wanders through the countryside, he witnesses the sky burial of a Tibetan woman who died during childbirth, shares a tent with a nomad who is walking to a sacred mountain to seek forgiveness for sleeping with his daughter, meets a silversmith who has hung the wind-dried corpse of his lover to the walls of his cave, and hears the story of a young female incarnate lama who died during a Buddhist initiation rite. In the thin air of the high plateau, the divide between fact and fiction becomes confused and the man is drawn deep into an alien culture he knew nothing about, and which haunts his dreams.

Banned in China in 1987, Stick Out Your Tongue, is the hugely influential book that set Ma Jian on the road to exile.

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User Review  - Lachlan Harris - Goodreads

a vivid and calm view of the suspicious and susceptible peoples of nepal. the farmer who had kept the skin of his dead wife. or the village girl who wanted to become a buddhist nun, but after being ... Read full review

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User Review  - Frank - Goodreads

Having just read the first chapter of Ma Jian's Stick Out Your Tongue, these questions pop up in my mind: 0. Tibetan Buddhism is still at its core a religion. 1. Is this translation flawed? "I...took ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Ma Jian left Beijing for Hong Kong in the early eighties because he was unable to publish his work in China. After the hand-over of Hong Kong he moved to Germany and then London, where he has lived for four years, writing and publishing his acclaimed bookRed Dust, winner of the 2002 Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.


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