High: A Journey Across the Himalaya, Through Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China

High: A Journey Across the Himalaya, Through Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China

High: A Journey Across the Himalaya, Through Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China

High: A Journey Across the Himalaya, Through Pakistan, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and China

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Overview

An ambitious and magnificent new travelogue by bestselling and prize-winning author Erika Fatland (The Border and Sovietistan), on a journey along the Himalaya.

The Himalaya weave through five very different countries, where the world religions of Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism are mixed with ancient shamanic religions. Countless languages and vastly different cultures live in the secluded mountain valleys. Modernity and tradition collide, while the great powers fight for influence.

We have read about mountain climbers on their way up Mount Everest and about travellers on the spiritual quest for Buddhist monasteries. But how much do we know about the people living in the Himalaya? Fatland invites us into close encounters with the many peoples of the region, and at the same time takes us on a dizzying journey at altitude through incredible landscapes and dramatic, unknown world histories - all the way to the most volatile human conflicts of our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781639363377
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 01/03/2023
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: eBook
Pages: 624
File size: 39 MB
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About the Author

Erika Fatland studied Social Anthropology at the University of Oslo. Her 2011 book, The Village of Angels, was an in situ report on the Beslan terror attacks of 2004 and she is also the author of The Year Without Summer, describing the harrowing year that followed the massacre on Utøya in 2011. For Sovietistan (2019) she was shortlisted for the Edward Stanford/Lonely Planet Debut Travel Writer of the Year, and The Border (2020) was shortlisted for the Stanfords Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2020. Both are available from Pegasus Books. She speaks eight languages and lives in Oslo with her husband.

Kari Dickson is a translator from Norwegian of crime fiction, literary fiction, children's books, theatre, and non-fiction, including Erika Fatland's Sovietistan and The Border. She is also an occasional tutor in Norwegian language, literature, and translation at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

A Bad Omen 1

First Stage

The New Silk Road 7

High Stakes 33

Family Planning in Fairyland 54

Feast and Fast 64

Love in the Time of the Taliban 78

Border Crossing 97

Paradise with a Curfew 115

The Highest Battlefield in the World 139

Of Gods and Men 155

Little Tibet 169

Emptiness and the Pursuit of Radio Waves 185

The Source 198

Champagne of the Mountains 215

The Princess without a Kingdom 226

Naked Treasures 244

The Secretive Forest Ranger 255

Gross National Happiness 275

India's Wild East 298

For Tomorrow 329

Second Stage

Child Goddesses 349

Busy at the Top 375

Stories from the Capital 404

The Prince who Did Not Want to Be King 425

The Snow Leopard 431

The Thirsty God 448

Terra Nullis 467

The Lost Congregation 488

The Middle of the World 500

The Chinese Concubine 511

Scheduled Flight to Shangri-La 535

Kingdom of Women 554

Acknowledgements 571

Bibliography 574

Notes 579

About the author and translator 580

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