Sky Burial Paperback
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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, 1 map
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/07/2005
- Category: Autobiography: general
- ISBN: 9780099461937
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Review by tronella
Xinran is a writer/radio host/documentary maker who once spent two days talking to a Chinese woman who spent most of her adult life in Tibet, looking for her husband. It's a really interesting read, although clearly somewhat fictionalised.
Review by isabelx