This Flawless Place Between: A Novel

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Hurtling over the edge of the precipice, Anne embraces the moment, relishing the cool air streaming through her hair, the setting sun’s shimmering light, the freedom of release from the earth before gravity comes back to claim her. She takes the time to enjoy it. It will be over soon.

For all those who loved The Alchemist, Siddhartha, and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, This Flawless Place Between is a mesmerising and uplifting story about death and dying. Interweaving the key ...

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Overview


Hurtling over the edge of the precipice, Anne embraces the moment, relishing the cool air streaming through her hair, the setting sun’s shimmering light, the freedom of release from the earth before gravity comes back to claim her. She takes the time to enjoy it. It will be over soon.

For all those who loved The Alchemist, Siddhartha, and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, This Flawless Place Between is a mesmerising and uplifting story about death and dying. Interweaving the key themes of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, one of the world’s most influential and treasured spiritual texts, Portier gently explores our deepest questions about life, love, and death with a refreshing openness and delicacy.

Anne and Evan are vacationing in the Tibetan mountains when on an isolated stretch of road they lose control of their motorbike. Bike and riders spin over the edge, plunging into a ravine. Evan’s leg is broken; Anne isn’t moving. A Tibetan peasant hurries to help them, but while Evan tries in vain to save Anne’s life, the stranger focuses on guiding her spirit along the new path it must take to the next one. So begins a cathartic voyage that carries Anne away from her broken body and back through the traumas and ecstasies of her life. Once again, she is a child mourning a dead pet, a young woman embracing her lover, the radiant hostess of an art exhibition, a distraught mother hearing that her young daughter has been critically injured. As she revisits her past, and the futures of those she will leave behind, Anne begins to accept not only her death but also her life – and that what happens next will be up to her.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Extraordinary and compelling.”
New Internationalist

“This inspiring novel will quench anyone’s thirst for knowledge and spirituality."
Psychologies Magazine

"Provocative, emotional, and strangely comforting. Highly recommended."
Publishers Weekly

"Engagingly beautiful" Bookbag

Publishers Weekly
Portier, a filmmaker and writer, uses fiction to recast The Tibetan Book of the Dead, a text sacred to Tibetan Buddhists that describes what happens at and after death. Husband and wife Evan and Anne are traveling on a motorcycle on a remote road in Tibet when an accident occurs. From there the two takes different journeys. Tibetans call the stages of consciousness at and after death bardo. What Portier lacks in storytelling skills— the narrative is a simplistic one—he makes up for with his imaginative construction of a soul’s slow departure from life as the body begins to break down and the unique person looks back and slowly moves on to another existence. It’s provocative, emotional, and strangely comforting. Highly recommended for those who dislike a treacly view of the afterlife and also for skeptics who think this is all there is. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851689590
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 3/26/2013
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,493,001
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Bruno Portier is a writer, photographer, and documentary maker. He traveled around Asia for 12 years before undertaking a PhD in social anthropology and writing this, his first novel.
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