Sky Burial

Author: Xinran (tr Julia Lovell & Esther Tyldesley)
Homepage 9780099461937

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  • : $27.99(NZD)
  • : 9780099461937
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage
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  • : August 2005
  • : 200mm X 132mm X 14mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : 27.99
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  • : Xinran (tr Julia Lovell & Esther Tyldesley)
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  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
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  • : 915.150456092
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Description

As a young girl in China Xinran heard a rumour about a soldier in Tibet who had been brutally fed to the vultures in a ritual known as a sky burial: the tale frightened and fascinated her. Several decades later Xinran met Shu Wan, a Chinese woman who had spent years searching for her missing husband who had been serving as a doctor in Tibet; her extraordinary life story would unravel the legend of the sky burial. For thirty years she was lost in the wild and alien landscape of Tibet, in the vast and silent plateaus and the magisterial mountain ranges, living with communities of nomads moving with the seasons and struggling to survive. In this haunting book, Xinran recreates Shu Wen's remarkable journey in an epic story of love, loss, loyalty and survival. Moving, shocking and, ultimately, uplifting Sky Burial paints a unique portrait of a woman and a land, both at the mercy of fate and politics.

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An epic story of Tibet from the author of The Good Women of China. 'An epic of love, loss and wisdom - almost unbearably sad but ultimately uplifting' Mail on Sunday

Reviews

"'An epic of love, loss and wisdom - almost unbearably sad but ultimately uplifting' Mail on Sunday"

Author description

Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958. In the late 1980s she began working for Chinese radio and went on to become one of China's most successful journalists. In 1997 she moved to London, where she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women's lives The Good Women of China. She now has a regular column in the Guardian.