Eat the Buddha: Life, Death, and Resistance in a Tibetan Town (Paperback)
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Eat the Buddha: Life, Death, and Resistance in a Tibetan Town (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 06/05/2021
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From the author of the acclaimed Nothing to Envy, Eat the Buddha is an intimate account of the people of a Tibetan town, from Mao’s Cultural Revolution to the present day.

Shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Political Writing 2021

Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize 2020

In 1950, China claimed sovereignty over Tibet, leading to decades of unrest and resistance, defining the country today.

In Eat the Buddha, Barbara Demick chronicles the Tibetan tragedy from Ngaba, a defiant town on the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau where dozens of Tibetans have shocked the world since 2009 by immolating themselves.

Following the stories of the last princess of the region, of Tibetans who experienced the struggle sessions of Mao's Cultural Revolution, of the recent generations of monks and townsfolk experiencing renewed repression, Demick paints a riveting portrait of recent Tibetan history, opening a window onto Tibetan life today, and onto the challenges Tibetans face while locked in a struggle for identity against one of the most powerful countries in the world.

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781783782659
Weight: 247 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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“'Scrupulously researched'”

'Eat the Buddha' is a deeply affecting and compelling read. Barbara Demick's reportage of Ngaba, the 'world capital of Buddhist self-immolations' is scrupulously researched yet novelistic in... More

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