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The Handsome Monk and Other Stories, Paperback / softback Book

The Handsome Monk and Other Stories Paperback / softback

Part of the Weatherhead Books on Asia series


Tsering Doendrup is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed authors writing in Tibetan today.

In a distinct voice rich in black humor and irony, he describes the lives of Tibetans in contemporary China with wit, empathy, and a passionate sense of justice.

The Handsome Monk and Other Stories brings together short stories from across Tsering Doendrup's career to create a panorama of Tibetan society. With a love for the sparse yet vivid language of traditional Tibetan life, Tsering Doendrup tells tales of hypocritical lamas, crooked officials, violent conflicts, and loyal yaks.

His nomad characters find themselves in scenarios that are at once strange and familiar, satirical yet poignant.

The stories are set in the fictional county of Tsezhung, where Tsering Doendrup's characters live their lives against the striking backdrop of Tibet's natural landscape and go about their daily business to the ever-present rhythms of Tibetan religious life.

Tsering Doendrup confronts pressing issues: the corruption of religious institutions; the indignities and injustices of Chinese rule; poverty and social ills such as gambling and alcoholism; and the hardships of a minority group struggling to maintain its identity in the face of overwhelming odds.

Ranging in style from playful updates of traditional storytelling techniques to narrative experimentation, Tsering Doendrup's tales pay tribute to the resilience of Tibetan culture.


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