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Tibet: The Roof of The World Between Past and Present





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In Tibet, a coffee-table book that takes up half the table, Maria Sironi Diemberger gathers some of the most fabulous photographs of Tibet into an encyclopaedic collection. Unlike many books of this kind, the text accompanying the illustrations is more than just explanatory filler. Geologist and humanitarian Sironi Diemberger is intimate with her subject. The opening chapter contains not only the best succinct history of Tibet you may find but also petroglyphs, paintings, maps and frescoes from Tibet, China and Europe, as well as early photographs from the likes of Heinrich Harrer. Satellite photos orient you to the lay of the land, and the book continues with gorgeous vistas of indigo lakes, looming peaks, emerald grasses and crystal snows. Candid shots of monks, bird's eye views of prostrating pilgrims, comparison photos of monasteries before and after the Cultural Revolution make for more than just idle viewing. And Sironi Diemberger's text is both packed with information and personal journal entries. A caption that in another book might read, "Ornaments at Tashilhunpo Monastery" here reads:

The monastery of Tashilhunpo at Shigatse was founded in 1447 by a disciple of Tsongkhapa. Thanks to the influence of the Panchen Lama, it was spared by the Cultural Revolution and its temples and chapels still boast their ancient ornaments.
Before planning that trip to Shangri-La, pry open this book and take an armchair tour. --Brian Bruya,

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