Magazine article New Internationalist

Old Demons, New Deities – 21 Short Stories from Tibet

Magazine article New Internationalist

Old Demons, New Deities – 21 Short Stories from Tibet

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Old Demons, New Deities – 21 short stories from Tibet edited by Tenzin Dickie (OR Books, ISBN 978 1682191 002)

Amazingly Old Demons, New Deities is the first anthology of contemporary Tibetan fiction available in English - and it's a treat worth waiting for. Tenzin Dickie, who is both editor and contributor, describes the book as a kind of 'coming out' of the Tibetan short story.

The vivid and haunting tales are written, originally in Tibetan, Chinese and English, by 16 respected Tibetan writers, female and male. Some are living in Tibet, others in Nepal, India, China and the West, and the settings of these richly varied stories reflect this.

Some explore life for Tibetans under Chinese occupation - Tsering Dondrup's 'Valley of the Black Foxes' is a poignant and chilling tale of an unsuspecting peasant family cheated out of their traditional homelands to make way for a ruinous coalmine. …

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