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New collection of Tibet's banned writings out

October 18, 2009

October 17, 2009
Dharamsala, October 17 -- The gagged voices of
the Tibetan writers inside Tibet have found an
outlet in form of a book to be launched tomorrow
by the International Campaign for Tibet at the
Frankfurt International Book Fair, the world’s
largest literary event that started on October 14 and ends tomorrow.

Titled Like Gold that Fears No Fire: New Writing
from Tibet, the collection includes extracts from
books that have been banned by the Chinese
government and works by Tibetans currently under imprisonment.

The Washington D.C based organization says the
new book "features stories of imprisonment,
interrogation, death and loss, as well as
perspectives on a better future that reveal an
unquenchable spirit and deeply-felt Tibetan identity."

Most of the Tibetan writers featured in the book
are still in China and Tibet, and dare to
challenge the Chinese government’s propaganda to
denounce the Dalai Lama and cover up the protests
in Tibet last year. "The Chinese government has
sought to cover up the disappearances and
killings that have taken place across Tibet
combined with a propaganda offensive against the
exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama," the ICT said in a statement.

The book opens with an original article by one of
the most popular and daring Tibetan writers,
Tsering Woeser. She (Woeser) argues that the
events of 2008 are as significant in contemporary
Tibetan history as those of March 1959, when
tensions against the Chinese presence in Tibet
escalated into an uprising, and led to His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's escape into exile.

The book launch will take place at a literary
salon organized by ICT in the presence of actor
and activist Hannes Jaenicke who is also a
Tibetan literature scholar. The book can be
downloaded in portable document format (PDF) from the organization's website.
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