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- DescriptionBorn in 1941, Tubten Khetsun is a nephew of the Gyatso Tashi Khendrung, one of the senior government officials taken prisoner after the Tibetan peoples' uprising of March 10, 1959. Khetsun himself was arrested while defending the Dalai Lama's summer palace, and after four years in prisons and labor camps, he spent close to two decades in Lhasa as a requisitioned laborer and class enemy. In this eloquent autobiography, Khetsun describes what life was like during those troubled years. His account is one of the most dispassionate, detailed, and readable firsthand descriptions yet published of Tibet under the Communist occupation. Khetsun talks of his prison experiences as well as the state of civil society following his release, and he offers keenly observed accounts of well-kwn events, such as the launch of the Cultural Revolution, as well as lesser-kwn aspects of everyday life in occupied Lhasa. Since Communist China continues to occupy Tibet, the facts of this era remain obscure, and few of those who lived through it have recorded their experiences at length. Khetsun's story will captivate any reader seeking a refreshingly human account of what occurred during the Maoists' shockingly brutal regime.
- Author BiographyMatthew Akester is an independent researcher and translator working in the field of Tibetan history.
- Author(s)Tubten Khetsun
- PublisherColumbia University Press
- Date of Publication13/05/2014
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintColumbia University Press
- Content Note16 illus.
- Weight454 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Translated byMatthew Akester
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