The Division of Heaven and Earth

The Division of Heaven and Earth



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(Hardback | ISBN 9789386582133 | 144 pp | June 2017)


The Division of Heaven and Earth is one of the most influential and important books from Tibet in the modern era—a passionate indictment of Chinese policies and an eloquent analysis of the protests that swept Tibet from March 2008 as a re-awakening of Tibetan national consciousness and solidarity.

Publication of the original Tibetan edition saw Shokdung (a pseudonym), one of Tibet’s leading intellectuals, imprisoned for nearly six months, and the book immediately banned. This English translation is being made available for the first time since copies began to circulate underground in Tibet.

Written in response to an unprecedented wave of bold demonstrations and expressions of Tibetan solidarity and national identity, Shokdung’s book is regarded as one of the most daring and wide-ranging critiques of China’s policies in Tibet since the 10th Panchen Lama’s famous ‘70,000-character Petition’ addressed to Mao Zedong in 1962.


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‘A remarkable book by one of Tibet’s most important contemporary authors.’
—Richard Gere

‘Published illegally in Tibet in 2010, [this book] is a poetic, painstakingly written indictment of Chinese rule and a call for a “peaceful revolution” against what [Shokdung] describes as Beijing’s heavy-handed governing style.’
—The New York Times

‘[A] haunting indictment of China’s colonial project in Tibet… This remarkable book, written to fortify the Tibetan spirit against the assaults of colonialism, has already performed an important service by exposing the fragility of China’s hold on the Tibetan mind.’
—The Spectator

‘Shokdung’s lucid arguments and compelling appeal for peaceful political change will interest those following contemporary Tibet and the emergence of democratic movements worldwide.’
—Publishers Weekly

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About the author


Tagyal, who uses the pen name Shokdung, is the author of several books and until his arrest in 2010 was employed by a Chinese publishing house.

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