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In exile from the land of snows : the definitive account of the Dalai Lama and Tibet since the Chinese conquest
Avedon, John F., author.
Personal Author:
Second Vintage Books edition
Publication Information:
New York : Vintage Books, 2015.

Physical Description:
xv, 456 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
Now considered a classic, this is an eloquent and compellingly told account of the Dalai Lama's exile from Tibet after its conquest by China.
General Note:
Originally published in hardcover in slightly different form by Alfred A. Knopf in 1984 and in paperback in revised form by Harper Perennial in 1997.
Before the fall, 1933-1950 -- Occupation, 1950-1959 -- In exile from the land of snows, 1959-1960 -- Reconstruction, 1960-1974 -- The fight for Tibet, 1959-1984 -- Tibetan medicine : the science of healing -- On pilgrimage with the Dalai Lama -- The wheel of protection -- Tibet enslaved, 1959-1965 -- The long night, 1966-1977 -- Return, 1977-1984 -- Afterword -- An interview with the Dalai Lama.
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DS786 .A94 2015 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Tibet, "the roof of the world," had been aloof and at peace for most of its 2,100 years. But in 1932, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, in his final testament, warned: "It may happen that here, in the center of Tibet, religion and government will be attacked both from without and from within." By the time his successor was enthroned in 1950, the Chinese occupation had begun.
         In this gripping account, John F. Avedon draws on his work and travels with the Fourteenth Dalai Lama to bring us the riveting story of Tibet and its temporal and spiritual leader. Included is an extensive interview with the Dalai Lama, who speaks about the conditions in Tibet, the mind of a Buddha, and the events of his life. Rigorously researched, passionately written, the original edition of  In Exile from the Land of Snows was instrumental in launching the modern Tibet movement when it was published in 1984. Now, some three decades later, Avedon's testimony is more wrenching and relevant than ever.

Author Notes

John F. Avedon has written for The New York Times Magazine , Rolling Stone, Maclean's , Parade, and other publications. He lives in New York City.