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Tibetan novel hailed as landmark in modern Tibetan literature writing
09:58, September 27, 2009  


Langdun Banjor, author of Tibetan novel "Turquoise." (CNR.cn Photo)


A novel, written in the Tibetan language and depicting the life in old Tibet, was hailed as a landmark in modern Tibetan literature writing at a seminar on the Han version of the novel Thursday.

"Turquoise," written by famous Tibetan writer Langdun Banjor, is the first full-length novel in the Tibetan language after the peaceful liberation of the region in 1951.
Scholars at the seminar, organized by the Tibet Writers Association and Lhasa City Literary Federation, all agreed that the novel vividly illustrates the life of Tibetans of various social classes. It was also considered a must-read classic for understanding Tibet.

The story was set in Tibet from the 1920s to the 1930s. In a realistic way of writing and taking a turquoise as the clue, the book tells of the miserable life of Palden and his family.

In the book, based on his own life experience and a wide range of knowledge, the author also portrays in detail the life of the high-ranking officials and beggars and traditional Tibetan customs, offering readers a comprehensive picture of the life in old Tibet.

The Tibetan version of the novel was first published in the 1980s and was translated into the Han language by Ciduo, vice chairman of the Tibet Writers Association and Langdun Norbu Tsering, deputy director of the Editorial Office of the Periodical, "Lhasa River."

Source: CNR

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