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Sky Burial
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Sky Burial

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Sky Burial by Xinran

Book Description

As a young girl in China Xinran heard a rumour about a soldier in Tibet who had been brutally fed to the vultures in a ritual known as a sky burial: the tale frightened and fascinated her. Several decades later Xinran met Shu Wan, a Chinese woman who had spent years searching for her missing husband who had been serving as a doctor in Tibet; her extraordinary life story would unravel the legend of the sky burial. For thirty years she was lost in the wild and alien landscape of Tibet, in the vast and silent plateaus and the magisterial mountain ranges, living with communities of nomads moving with the seasons and struggling to survive. In this haunting book, Xinran recreates Shu Wen's remarkable journey in an epic story of love, loss, loyalty and survival. Moving, shocking and, ultimately, uplifting Sky Burial paints a unique portrait of a woman and a land, both at the mercy of fate and politics.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099461937
ISBN-10: 0099461935
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Vintage
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 7-Jul-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Buy Me the Sky by Xinran Buy Me the Sky, Paperback (April 2016)

Tells the remarkable stories of men and women born in China after 1979 - the recent generations raised under China's single-child policy. From the businessman's son unable to pack his own suitcase, to the PhD student who pulled herself out of extreme rural poverty, this book shows how these generations embody the hopes and fears of a great nation.

Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother by Xinran Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother, Paperback / softback (March 2012)

Originally published in Great Britain in 2010 by Chatto & Windus.

China Witness by Xinran China Witness, Paperback (May 2009)

Includes grandparents and great-grandparents who sum up in their own words the vast changes that have overtaken China's people over a century. This book is also at once a journey by the author through time and place, and a memorial to those who have lived through war and civil war, persecution, invasion, revolution, famine, and, Westernization.

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Author Biography - Xinran

Born in Beijing in 1958, Xinran was a journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she wrote her bestselling book The Good Women of China. Since then she has written a regular column for the Guardian, appeared frequently on radio and TV and published Sky Burial, What the Chinese Don't Eat and Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother: Stories of Loss and Love, a novel (Miss Chopsticks), and a groundbreaking work of oral history, China Witness. Her charity, The Mothers' Bridge of Love, was founded to help disadvantaged Chinese children and to build a bridge of understanding between the West and China.

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