by Robert Barnett.
A critically-acclaimed sensation, Lhasa combines multiple views of a shimmering city with the lyrical observations of a seasoned journalist. Robert Barnett paints an unforgettable portrait of urban sprawl, harsh architecture, ancient Buddhist temples, and poignant echoes of the past. Reflecting the anxieties of successive regimes, Lhasa is a mirror of Tibet's complex transition from tradition to modernity. Barnett captures this narrative perfectly, showing how material layering, popular memory, symbolism, and mythology can constitute the story of a city.
Robert Barnett is director of the Modern Tibetan Studies Program and adjunct professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University.
"[A] brilliant rumination on Tibet's capital."
"[Barnett] emerges in these pages as a perceptive and sympathetic observer of a city that has often been described, but rarely understood."
—Isabel Hilton, London Review of Books
"An eloquent account of the changes in the city’s geography"
—Pankaj Mishra, New York Review of Books
"[This] rumination on the capital of Tibet is the rare book that can draw tears just with its assemblage of neutral, entirely unpolemical facts."
—Pico Iyer, TIME Asia
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