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'Memories of Life in Lhasa Under Chinese Rule' - Tubten Ketsun. Translated and with an Introduction by Matthew Akester.

Columbia University Press 2008, hardcover, 318pp. Former library usual markings, stamps, stickers but otherwise good condition.

'Born in 1941, Tubten Khetsun is a nephew of the Gyatso Tashi Khendrung, one of the senior government officials taken prisoner in the Tibetan people's uprising of March 10, 1959. Khetsun himself was arrested while defending the Dalai Lama's summer palace, and after serving a four-year sentence, he spent close to 20 years in Lhasa as a requistioned laborer and "class enemy".

In this eloquent autobiography, Khetsun describes what it was like to live in Tibet under Chinese Maoist rule. His account is one of the most detailed and readable first hand descriptions of daily life in Tibet under the communist occupation. Khetsun talks of his prison experiences as well as the state of civil society following his release and offers keenly observed accounts of well-known events, such as the birth of the Cultural Revolution, and lesser-known aspects of the period.

Khetsun's story is a remarkable evocation of the everyday hardships Tibetans suffered under a shockingly brutal regime and will captivate the reader seeking a refreshingly human account of those troubled years.

"A tremendously moving and important document. Tubten Khetsun modestly claims that his is not a tale of greatness, heroism, nor historical significance but the story of an ordinary Tibetan who lived a life of "animal servitude" under Communist Chinese rule. Yet the straightforward, rancour-free recounting of the banal details of "normal" life in occupied Tibet gives this work the kind of compelling versimilitude of Solzhynitsyn's One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich." Jamyang Norbu, author of Warriors of Tibet: The Story of Aten and the Khampas' Fight for the Freedom of Their Country.' Please click here to ask a question
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