To a Mountain in Tibet

by Colin Thubron

The Real World Travel

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Spare like the landscape he depicts, Colin Thubron writes of the landscape of Tibet and the pilgrimage route to Mount Kailas, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists but rarely visited by Westerners. Religion runs through each step of the journey, searching, explaining and showing us a land imbued with religious thought and practice. Described as the most personal of his journeys yet, a journey of mind and body.


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To a Mountain in Tibet Synopsis

Mount Kailas is the most sacred of the world's mountains - holy to one fifth of humanity. Isolated beyond the central Himalayas, it is claimed by myth to be the source of the universe created from cosmic waters and the mind of Brahma. Its summit has never been scaled, but for centuries the mountain has been ritually circled by Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. Colin Thubron joins these pilgrims, after an arduous trek from Nepal, through the high passes of Tibet, to the magical lakes beneath the slopes of Kailas itself. This haunting and beautiful travel book links Colin Thubron's sympathetic intuition with the force and poetry of his descriptive writing. He talks to secluded villagers and to monks in their decaying monasteries; he tells the stories of exiles and of eccentric explorers from the West. Yet there is another dimension in To A Mountain in Tibet. Colin Thubron recently witnessed the death of the last of his family. He is walking on a pilgrimage of his own. His trek around the great mountain, revered by multitudinous others, awakes an inner landscape of solitude, love, grief, restoring precious fragments of his own origins. This is travel writing at its consummate best from an author of unsurpassable experience, sensitivity, and sheer lyrical power.

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ISBN: 9780701183790
Publication date: 03/02/2011
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of CCV
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780701183790
Publication date: 3rd February 2011
Author: Colin Thubron
Publisher: Chatto & Windus an imprint of CCV
Format: Hardback
Genres: The Real World, Travel,
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About Colin Thubron

Colin Thubron is an acknowledged master of travel writing, and the winner of many prizes and awards. His first writing was about the Middle East - Damascus, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1982 he travelled into the Soviet Union in an ancient Morris Marina, pursued by the KGB, a journey he recorded in Among the Russians. From these early experiences developed his classic travel books: Behind the Wall (winner of the Hawthornden Prize and the Thomas Cook Travel Award), The Lost Heart of Asia, In Siberia (Prix Bouvier) and Shadow of the Silk Road (all available in Vintage). In 2010 Colin Thubron became ...

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