“My Tibetan Childhood: When Ice Shattered Stone” By Naktsang Nulo (Transl. by Angus Cargill and Sonam Lhamo)

2014 07 Reading List My Tibetan Childhood

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To be published by Duke University Press at the end of 2014, in “My Tibetan Childhood” Naktsang Nulo recalls his early life in Amdo in the 1950s.

Read an exclusive review of the book by Jonathan Mirsky here in the High Peaks Pure Earth book review section: http://highpeakspureearth.com/2014/guest-post-jonathan-mirsky-reviews-a-tibetan-childhood-when-ice-shattered-stone-by-naktsang-nulo/

From the Duke University Press website:

In My Tibetan Chldhood, Naktsang Nulo recalls his life in Tibet’s Amdo region during the 1950s. From the perspective of himself at age ten, he describes his upbringing as a nomad on Tibet’s eastern plateau. He depicts pilgrimages to monasteries, including a 1500-mile horseback expedition his family made to and from Lhasa. A year or so later, they attempted that same journey as they fled from advancing Chinese troops. Naktsang’s father joined and was killed in the little-known 1958 Amdo rebellion against the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, the armed branch of the Chinese Communist Party. During the next year, the author and his brother were imprisoned in a camp where, after the onset of famine, very few children survived.

The real significance of this episodic narrative is the way it shows, through the eyes of a child, the suppressed histories of China’s invasion of Tibet. The author’s matter-of-fact accounts cast the atrocities that he relays in stark relief. Remarkably, Naktsang lived to tell his tale. His book was published in 2007 in China, where it was a bestseller before the Chinese government banned it in 2010. It is the most reprinted modern Tibetan literary work. This translation makes a fascinating if painful period of modern Tibetan history accessible in English.

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See also Naktsang Nulo’s essay on self-immolations in Tibet as translated and published by High Peaks Pure Earth: http://highpeakspureearth.com/2013/a-tibetan-intellectual-naktsang-nulo-shares-his-thoughts-on-self-immolations-in-tibet/