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By Tashi Dawa

Tibetan author Tahsi Dawa's mystical, imaginitive brief tales, facts of an exhilarating new literary expertise, make an incredible contribution to a profounder realizing of the Tibetan international. Early tales "Plateau Serenade" and "Over the River" are ordinary, gentle descriptions of Tibetan Society, while later works, applying the equipment of "magical realism", convey the impact of Latin-American writers similar to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. "Invitation of a Century", "The gentle at the Cliff" and "The outdated Manor" offers with the mental tensions aroused through the conflicting calls for of a society in flux the place outdated values and conventional tradition are being challenged by means of the forces of modernization.

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He knew this was the retributi on they deserved. While he washed her body in sile nce, a piece of white clo th drifted down from the sky and landed on his mo the r' s shrunken chest. Picking it up he saw it was a gat ha · He tucked it into his poc ket without showing it to his wife. Having washed his mother, he knelt on the ground and looked up at the sky. ;he pushed his mo the r's body into the river, praying to the corpse until it was ou t of sight. He took his wife by the han d and walked into a valley of Mo un t Zela, as instructe d by the gatha.

There was a black tent in the grass on the plain by Tibe t, the Mysterious Years 66 A Soul in Bondage it looked like a the lake and, viewed from a distance, ugh the two years sleeping wild ox. Having lived thro the flock of goats, of loneliness, accompanied only by Every day, he Dal ang could endure it no longer. ravine between the would go to the eroded edge of the which snow- water plain and the mountain through long hours watchflowed into the canyon, and spend the valley. In the ing the village of Gok am hidden in curling up from morning, he could see thin smoke e moving abo ut.

Behind him was a steep cliff and in front was a hillside over- Tibet : the Mysterious Years 61 grown with grass and at the fur end of the grass several red foxes appeared. Soon they would come to drink from the stream not fur from him. Suddenly his stomach began to chum violently and he felt he couldn' t control his motions. Mirna, hunter that he was, knew that foxes had a very sharp sense of smell. The morning breeze was blowing from· behind, so, to keep the smell of defecation from reaching them, he quietly moved to the edge of the cliff.

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