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A Buddhist monk takes up arms to resist the Chinese invasion of Tibet - then spends the rest of his life trying to atone for the violence by hand printing the best prayer flags in India. A Jain nun tests her powers of detachment as she watches her best friend ritually starve herself to death.
Nine people, nine lives; each one taking a different religious path, each one an unforgettable story. William Dalrymple delves deep into the heart of a nation torn between the relentless onslaught of modernity and the ancient traditions that endure to this day.
LONGLISTED FOR THE BBC SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE
Book details and technical specifications
Format: Paperback / softback
Published: May 2016
Number of pages: 304
Width: 129 mm
Height: 198 mm
Depth: not specified
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC