Lost Lhasa: Heinrich Harrer's Tibet

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Lost Lhasa is the visual sequel to mountaineer/adventurer Heinrich Harrer's great travel and adventure classic Sevin Years in Tibet, which has sold more than three million copies since its publication in 1953. Its 200 extraordinary photographs provide a unique record of life in and around Tibet's capital city of Lhasa as it will never be seen again, when Tibetan society was still innocent of other 20th-century cultures.During his seven years in Lhasa, the Austrian-born Harrer became a government official and tutor to the young Dalai Lama. Between 1944 and 1950, when the Chinese occupation of Tibet forced him to flee, he took thousands of photographs that give us a last glimpse of Buddhist ceremonies, family celebrations, athletic contests, and the sad flight of Harrer's avid pupil, the 18-year-old Dalai Lama.Mountaineer/photographer Galen Rowell sets Harrer's achievements in perspective and helps make this book, in Harrer's words, "the culmination of my half century of involvement with Tibet".

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In the 1940s, Austrian mountain climber Heinrich Harrer escaped from a British internment camp in India and walked across the Himalayas. He limped into Lhasa two years later, and spent five years there as an honorary Tibetan. He kept diaries, bartered for an old Leica camera, and took thousands of pictures. Then in 1950 the Chinese invaded Tibet and Harrer fled. Seven Years in Tibet tells that story, but Harrer wanted to do more to raise international awareness. The result is Lost Lhasa, a collection of hundreds of previously unpublished intimate photographs of the Lhasa that used to be. With an explanatory text written in the same unpretentious prose that made Seven Years so popular, this paean to the Lhasa Harrer knew is beautiful and irreplaceable.

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This collection of 200 photos and thematically ordered essays conjures up life in an isolated, innocent Tibet before the Chinese invasion of the 1950s. Though he presents himself humbly, Harrer (author of the 1953 classic Seven Years in Tibet) is clearly remarkable: a celebrated Austrian mountaineer who escaped a British prison camp to enter Tibet in 1944, he learned the language, developed a friendship with the Dalai Lama (then a teenager), worked on the country's reforestation and helped build Lhasa's sewer system. His black-and-white photos, though occasionally grainy or mundane, capture the uncommon tapestry of Tibet: hatted servants leading the horses of government ministers, the Dalai Lama's formidable but kind mother, two honorees at a New Year's celebration clad in huge fur caps and Russian brocade robes. Harrer's photos are complemented by brief essays on such aspects of Tibetan culture as its penchant for irreverent street songs; its pilgrims' arduous rites; and its appreciation of the national drink, butter tea, which purportedly replenishes the body's stores of salt, fat and water.
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