Eat the Buddha

Flag map of Tibet. Image: DrRandomFactor, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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The town of Ngaba was the first place where Chinese Communists encountered Tibetans and it has become a centre of protest against Chinese rule, in particular through a wave of self-immolations.

In Eat the Buddha, Barbara Demick chronicles the Tibetan tragedy from Ngaba, a defiant town on the eastern edge of the Tibetan plateau where dozens of Tibetans have shocked the world since 2009 by immolating themselves. 

Following the stories of the last princess of the region, of Tibetans who experienced the struggle sessions of Mao's Cultural Revolution, of the recent generations of monks and townsfolk experiencing renewed repression, Demick paints a riveting portrait of recent Tibetan history, opening a window onto Tibetan life today, and onto the challenges Tibetans face while locked in a struggle for identity against one of the most powerful countries in the world.

Join Global Book Club Plymouth to discuss this vivid account of life in Chinese-occupied Tibet. This online event is free and open to all. Email s.kay@blueyonder.co.uk for joining instructions.

An initiative of Devon Development Education, Global Book Club Plymouth is supported by the University of Plymouth.

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