Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer
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Seven Years in Tibet
By Heinrich Harrer

Seven Years in Tibet

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Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

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A landmark in travel writing, this is the incredible true story of Heinrich Harrer's escape across the Himalayas to Tibet, set against the backdrop of the Second World War. Heinrich Harrer, already one of the greatest mountaineers of his time, was climbing in the Himalayas when war broke out in Europe. He was imprisoned by the British in India but succeeded in escaping and fled to Tibet. Settling in Lhasa, the Forbidden City, where he became a friend and tutor to the Dalai Lama, Heinrich Harrer spent seven years gaining a more profound understanding of Tibet and the Tibetans than any Westerner before him. More recently made into a film starring Brad Pitt, Seven Years in Tibet is a stunning story of incredible courage and self-reliance by one of the twentieth century's best travel writers.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780586087077
ISBN-10: 0586087079
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 130mm x 23mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Flamingo
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 17-Nov-1988
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Heinrich Harrer

Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer Seven Years in Tibet, Paperback (August 2009)

The astonishing adventure classic about life in Tibet just before the Chinese Communist takeover is now repackaged for a new generation of readers. In this vivid memoir that has sold millions of copies worldwide, Heinrich Harrer recounts his adventures as one of the first Europeans ever to enter Tibet and encounter the Dalai Lama.

Beyond Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer Beyond Seven Years in Tibet, Hardback (July 2007)

Heinrich Harrer, traveller, explorer and mountaineer led one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century. This biography describes all his adventures, from the early days of climbing in the Alps, through his time in Tibet, to his expeditions including exploring the Congo with the King of Belgium and travels to remote parts.

White Spider by Heinrich Harrer White Spider, Paperback (January 2005)

A classic of mountaineering literature, this is the story of the harrowing first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger, the most legendary and terrifying climb in history.

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US Kirkus Review » Tibet is a strange and wonderful land and Heinrich Harrer's record of his seven years spent there make a strange and wonderful story, a blend of personal adventure and interpretation of the mysticism and beauty, Harrer, a German, was interned by the British in a prison camp in India at the outbreak of war. His escape was relatively simple, as he writes it; he chose Tibet as his route of flight, intending to reach Japanese lines and rom there be returned to the German forces. He reached Lhasa, forbidden city of Tibet, and was so intrigued by the way of life that he stayed, putting his many talents to constructive use. Harsh weather- barriers against foreigners- all were overcome, and he became tutor to the Dalai Lama and enjoyed a rare relationship with this highest dignitary. Psychologically, the story is unique, as a rather arrogant member of the "Master Race" is won to the simple ways of a peace loving people, is deflected from his desire to fight for Fascism and concludes with a plea for understanding of his adopted, country Tibet. This is more than a first rate adventure story. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Heinrich Harrer

Heinrich Harrer was born in 1912 in Carinthia. His skiing prowess won him a place in the 1936 Austrian Olympic team. He was part of the team that first scaled the notorious North Face of the Eiger in 1938, an adventure recounted in his book The White Spider. He died in 2006.

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