From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

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After two years as a postgraduate student at Nanjing University in China, Vikram Seth hitch-hiked back to his home in New Delhi, via Tibet.  From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and his encounters with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others.

About the author's travels from Tibet to New Delhi, with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others. Provides a view of the varied ...

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Overview

After two years as a postgraduate student at Nanjing University in China, Vikram Seth hitch-hiked back to his home in New Delhi, via Tibet.  From Heaven Lake is the story of his remarkable journey and his encounters with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others.

About the author's travels from Tibet to New Delhi, with nomadic Muslims, Chinese officials, Buddhists and others. Provides a view of the varied lifestyles.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394752181
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/28/1987
  • Series: Vintage Departures Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 850,389
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Vikram Seth
Vikram Seth
Vikram Seth's prose fiction debut, A Suitable Boy, sold over one million copies worldwide despite the fact that at 1,349 pages long, it holds the distinction of being the longest single volume ever published in the English language.

Biography

Vikram Seth was born in India and educated there and in England, California, and China. He has written acclaimed books in several genres: verse novel, The Golden Gate; travel book, From Heaven Lake; animal fables, Beastly Tales; epic novel, A Suitable Boy. His most recent novel, An Equal Music, was published in 1999.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Seth:

"I used to like swimming in the Serpentine, even in the snow, but lately I've chickened out."

"I enjoy Chinese calligraphy, which I have been studying for years."

"On the whole, I'm quite lazy, and like watching Columbo or reading detective stories."

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    1. Hometown:
      Delhi, India; and Salisbury, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 20, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Calcutta, West Bengal, India
    1. Education:
      B.A., Oxford University, 1975; M.A., Stanford University, MA 1978; Nanjing University Diploma, 1982

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2000

    Great Travel Literature

    This was my first experience with the genre of travel literature. Once I started, I could not put the book aside. For all the 'arm chair ' travelers out there, 'From Heaven Lake' is the perfect way to experience this part of China and Tibet. I thought the book was out of print and then discovered it at this web site. I read it nearly 10 years ago, and many of the experiences and images that Seth describes are still fresh and perfect in my memory. I will never forget the feeding of the eagles at the temple!

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