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The Division of Heaven and Earth

On Tibet's Peaceful Revolution

Matthew Akester Shokdung



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C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
01 December 2016
The Division of Heaven and Earth is one of the most influential and important books from Tibet in the modern era - a passionate indictment of Chinese policies and an eloquent analysis of protests that swept Tibet from March 2008 as a re-awakening of Tibetan national consciousness and solidarity.

Publication of the original Tibetan edition saw Shokdung (a pseudonym), one of Tibet's leading intellectuals, imprisoned for nearly six months, and the book immediately banned. This English translation is being made available for the first time since copies began to circulate underground in Tibet.

Written in response to an unprecedented wave of bold demonstrations and expressions of Tibetan solidarity and national identity, Shokdung's book is regarded as one of the most daring and wide-ranging critiques of China's policies in Tibet since the 10th Panchen Lama's famous '70,000-character Petition' addressed to Mao Zedong in 1962.
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Imprint:   C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9781849046770
ISBN 10:   1849046778
Pages:   176
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Tagyal, who uses the pen name Shokdung, is the author of several books and until his arrest in 2010 was employed by a Chinese publishing house. Matthew Akester is a translator of classical and modern literary Tibetan, based in the Himalayan region. His translations include The Life of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, by Jamgon Kongtrul and Memories of Life in Lhasa Under Chinese Rule by Tubten Khetsun. He has worked as consultant for the Tibet Information Network, Human Rights Watch, Tibet Heritage Fund, and Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center, among others.

Reviews for The Division of Heaven and Earth: On Tibet's Peaceful Revolution

'A remarkable book by one of Tibet's most important contemporary authors.'-- Richard Gere; 'Taygal's book, published illegally in Tibet in 2010, is a poetic, painstakingly written indictment of Chinese rule and a call for a peaceful revolution against what he describes as Beijing's heavy-handed governing style.'--New York Times

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