A Soul in Bondage: Stories from Tibet by Tashi Dawa

By Tashi Dawa

Tibetan author Tahsi Dawa's mystical, inventive brief tales, facts of an exhilarating new literary expertise, make an immense contribution to a profounder knowing of the Tibetan international. Early tales "Plateau Serenade" and "Over the River" are effortless, tender descriptions of Tibetan Society, while later works, utilising the equipment of "magical realism", convey the impression of Latin-American writers similar to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. "Invitation of a Century", "The mild at the Cliff" and "The outdated Manor" bargains with the mental tensions aroused by means of the conflicting calls for of a society in flux the place outdated values and conventional tradition are being challenged by means of the forces of modernization.

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Only Budhisattva knows, " her mother answered. ·• "When we moved to Gokam forty years ago, an old ··. man had just died. It was said he had been offering. " "Peh! " Her mother spat in her face . "You mustn't doubt the existence of this monk," her father explained. "His spirit can leave his body at any time, come out from the cave and fly around in the world . When you see a bird, or a horse, or a slight whirlwind blowing across in front of you, it could be the incarnation of the great master. So you mustn't do.

As a punishment, the village he lived in was destroyed by a rockslide . Fortunately he was prepared for this. When he heard the terr ible rumbling noise rolling dow n from the mountain, he thrust a little money and some food into his wife' s hands and , lifting up his sick and aged mother, the y ran for their lives . In the darkness they stumbled tow~rds the riverbank at the edge of the village. At day break, his mother died, and her body stif:funed. He knew this was the retributi on they deserved.

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