Edited by Tenzin Dickie
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Split between political occupation and exile, scattered across continents, languages, new professions and lifestyles, what common self can Tibetans muster today? With its appetite for and attentiveness to experience, Old Demons New Deities disarms the question. Tenuous belonging is the theme of choice in these stories, explored with warmth and style, worldly wisdom and sly humor. Choosing not to lean on the armature of nationalist cant or religious tradition, they embrace human variety and desire, the animating principle of the imagination. This is what makes the future viable, for the world at large no less than Tibet.
‘Tenzin Dickie is to be congratulated on having gathered here these twenty-one short stories by arguably the best Tibetan authors writing today’—Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp
‘A long-overdue and brilliantly edited volume on the Tibetan experience’—Gary Shteyngart
In the Media
Since Tibet is still a land of mystery, these stories offer a peek into a forbidden land — whether talking about changing lifestyles or exploring what it means to be a permanent outsider.—The Hindu
‘Paints the most real and haunting portraits of Tibetan lives in all their complexities and contradictions’ —Tsering Shakya