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Lhasa: Streets with Memories

 
 
Author
Robert Barnett.
Publisher Columbia Univ. Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780231136808
Pages/Publication Date 219/2006
Daedalus Item Code 54813
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There are many Lhasas: one version of the Tibetan capital city is a grid of uniform boulevards lined with plush hotels, all-night bars, and blue-glass-fronted offices; another is a warren of alleyways that surround a 7th-century temple built to pin down a supine demoness. A web of Stalinist, rectangular blocks houses the new nomenklatura, while crumbling mansions—once home to noble ministers, famous lovers, nationalist spies, and covert revolutionaries—now serve as shopping malls and faux-antique hotels. Each embodiment of the city partakes of the others' memories, whispered across time and along the city streets, as Robert Barnett expresses it here. Also the author of Resistance and Reform in Tibet, Barnett offers a powerful and lyrical exploration of a city long idealized, disregarded, or misunderstood by outsiders. From its streets and its stone, he presents a searching and unforgettable portrait of Lhasa and its history.

"Robert Barnett has written a strikingly original book. With a rigorous eye turned on Lhasa, one of the world's most compelling cities, he offers a rich archaeology of Tibetan history in context, in prose never less than elegant, often deeply memorable. Barnett holds this jewel of a city up to the light, turns it in every direction; the result is a gemlike book, one that will stay in the reader's mind, illuminating a vast continent of thought and feeling."—Jay Parini

 
 
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