The handsome monk and other stories / Tsering Döndrup ; translated by Christopher Peacock.

Tshe-ring-don-grub, 1961- [Browse]
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New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
201 pages ; 23 cm.


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  • Tsering D̲ndrup is one of the most popular and critically acclaimed authors writing in Tibetan today. In a distinct voice rich in black humor and irony, he describes the lives of Tibetans in contemporary China with wit, empathy, and a passionate sense of justice. The Handsome Monk and Other Stories brings together short stories from across Tsering D̲ndrup's career to create a panorama of Tibetan society.
  • With a love for the sparse yet vivid language of traditional Tibetan life, Tsering D̲ndrup tells tales of hypocritical lamas, crooked officials, violent conflicts, and loyal yaks. His nomad characters find themselves in scenarios that are at once strange and familiar, satirical yet poignant. The stories are set in the fictional county of Tsezhung, where Tsering D̲ndrup's characters live their lives against the striking backdrop of Tibet's natural landscape and go about their daily business to the ever-present rhythms of Tibetan religious life. Tsering D̲ndrup confronts pressing issues: the corruption of religious institutions; the indignities and injustices of Chinese rule; poverty and social ills such as gambling and alcoholism; and the hardships of a minority group struggling to maintain its identity in the face of overwhelming odds. Ranging in style from playful updates of traditional storytelling techniques to narrative experimentation, Tsering D̲ndrup's tales pay tribute to the resilience of Tibetan culture.
Translated from the Tibetan.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references.
  • 1 The Disturbance in D-Camp p. 17
  • 2 Piss and Pride p. 24
  • 3 Ralo p. 27
  • 4 A Show to Delight the Masses p. 84
  • 5 One Mani p. 109
  • 6 Mahjong p. 116
  • 7 The Story of the Moon p. 119
  • 8 A Formula p. 122
  • 9 The Handsome Monk p. 127
  • 10 Revenge p. 148
  • 11 Nose Rings p. 152
  • 12 Brothers p. 159
  • 13 The Last Man to Care for His Parents p. 165
  • 14 Black Fox Valley p. 169
  • 15 Notes of a Volunteer AIDS Worker p. 197.
  • 9780231190220 (hardcover ; : alkaline paper)
  • 0231190220 (hardcover ; : alkaline paper)
  • 9780231190237 (paperback)
  • 0231190239 (paperback)
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  • 40028823117
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