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Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood / Edition 1
     

Virtual Tibet: Searching for Shangri-La from the Himalayas to Hollywood / Edition 1

by Orville Schell
 

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ISBN-10: 0805043829

ISBN-13: 2900805043821

Pub. Date: 05/01/2001

Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.

What has made remote, mountainous Tibet and its only real celebrity, the Dalai Lama, so abidingly fascinating to the West? In Virtual Tibet, Orville Schell, one of the preeminent experts on modern China and Tibet, undertakes a strange and wondrous odyssey into our Tibetan fantasies. He recounts the spellbinding adventures of the Western explorers and

Overview

What has made remote, mountainous Tibet and its only real celebrity, the Dalai Lama, so abidingly fascinating to the West? In Virtual Tibet, Orville Schell, one of the preeminent experts on modern China and Tibet, undertakes a strange and wondrous odyssey into our Tibetan fantasies. He recounts the spellbinding adventures of the Western explorers and spiritualists who for centuries were bent on reaching forbidden Tibet and the holy city of Lhasa. Simultaneously, Schell embarks on a parallel present-day journey from Beastie Boys' "Free Tibet" concerts to a re-creation of Lhasa in the high Argentine Andes — the extravagant set of Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt.

At once comic and insightful, Virtual Tibet takes us beyond the fantasies to the reality of an isolated country that has repeatedly won the West's adoration, and paid the price for believing that our allegiance is profound.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900805043821
Publisher:
Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
340

Table of Contents

Introduction: My Tibet and Ours3
Part I
1Tibet as Place and Myth15
2The Kingdom of the Screen31
3The Dalai Lama Comes to Hollywood42
4Tinseltown Tulkus50
5The Evangelist75
6The Explorer85
7Gateway to Virtual Tibet99
Part II
8My Argentine Hajj119
9Bringing the Gospels to Lhasa123
10Hacienda Brad132
11First among Few137
12Lhasa at Last162
13Filling in the Blank182
14Illusion and Reality205
15The Land of the Spirit222
16The Annunciation249
17The Last of the Questers263
Part III
18Where the Virtual Heinrich Harrer and the Real Brad Pitt Diverge283
19Coping with the Real Heinrich Harrer287
20The Chinese React295
21Tibetan Questions303
22Virtual Tibet Meets the Real Public307
Bibliography317
Acknowledgments327
Index329

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