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The Book the Chinese Government Doesn't Want You To Read

February 12, 2010

February 9, 2010

Trapdoor Books announces that its newest book,
The Magician of Lhasa, the world's first Buddhist
thriller, is facing scrutiny because of its
depiction of conditions in 1959 Tibet. The book
launched several weeks ago to rave reviews from
critics, but it faces a backlash from censors who
consider its fictional portrayals too controversial.

Lyons, Colorado (PRWEB) February 9, 2010 -- Just
days after the Chinese Government has slammed
both Google and Hilary Clinton for getting in the
way of its rigid censorship laws and warned
President Obama against meeting with the Dali
Lama, emerging US publisher of geek fiction,
Trapdoor Books, announces that its new book The
Magician of Lhasa cannot be printed in China
because it portrays the 1959 Chinese occupation
of Tibet in less than flattering terms.

Chris Matney, Publisher at Trapdoor Books says:
‘Although we print our books primarily in the US,
local off-shore production for worldwide sales
reduces the ecological impact of shipping and is
a responsible alternative. But because of the
censorship issue, we’ve decided to print The
Magician of Lhasa only in the US. It’s an amazing
paradox that the book has just been approved for
reading in the US prison system, but is
considered to be so counter-revolutionary that China won’t touch it.’

It’s an amazing paradox that The Magician of
Lhasa has just been approved for reading in the
US prison system, but is considered to be so
counter-revolutionary that China won’t touch it.

The Magician of Lhasa by David Michie describes
the flight of a lama and his two novice monks
from Tibet in 1959, being pursued by Red Army
soldiers and facing treacherous conditions in the
Himalaya mountains. Just as Salman Rushdie’s
‘Satanic Verses’ so enraged the Muslim
establishment that a fatwa was declared on him,
and Dan Brown’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ earned him the
condemnation of The Vatican, behind its standard
‘no comment’ exterior the Chinese government
seems rattled by the prospects of a popular new
novel drawing attention to its own record of human rights abuses in Tibet.

David Michie, best-selling author of the
non-fiction book Buddhism for Busy People and a
long-term Western Buddhist says: ‘The Government
in China seems to have learned nothing from its
past mistakes. One of the main reasons why they
invaded Tibet in 1959 was to crush Tibetan
Buddhism, but all they succeeded in doing was
successfully exporting it to the West. Their
continued persecution of documentary makers,
authors and other artists, far from protecting
their reputation, is only making it dramatically worse.’

The Magician of Lhasa is available across North
America in hardcover, trade paperback and various
e-book formats. The book is available on the
Trapdoor Books website ( or
from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other fine retailers.

About The Magician of Lhasa
When novice monk Tenzin Dorje is told by his lama
that the Red Army is invading Tibet, his
country’s darkest moment paradoxically gives him
a sense of purpose like no other. He accepts a
mission to carry two ancient, secret texts across
the Himalayas to safety. Half a century later, in
a paradox of similarly troubling circumstances,
Matt Lester is called upon to convey his own
particular wisdom as a scientist, when Matt’s
nanotech project is mysteriously moved to America
after being acquired by the shadowy Acellerate Corporation.

Tenzin and Matt embark on parallel adventures
which have spine-chilling connections. Tenzin’s
perilous journey through the Himalayas, amid
increasing physical hardship and the ever-present
horror of Red Army capture, is mirrored by Matt’s
contemporary, but no less traumatic challenges,
as his passionate relationship with his fiancée,
Isabella, and his high flying career undergo
escalating crises. It is at the moment when both
Tenzin and Matt face catastrophe that their
stories converge, spectacularly transforming our
understanding of all that has gone before.

About Trapdoor Books
Trapdoor Books ( is an
imprint of Trapdoor Publishing, an emerging small
press in Lyons, Colorado. Our geek fiction
philosophy: technology, intellectual promiscuity,
and scientific thought are becoming increasingly
appealing to a wider audience of sophisticated,
socially-connected readers. Our goal is to break
traditional genres and surprise readers with
well-paced, well-researched and compelling stories.

About David Michie
Best-selling author David Michie introduces the
world's first Tibetan Buddhist thriller in his
latest masterpiece, The Magician of Lhasa. Michie
has previously published three mysteries through
Time Warner Books UK and is the author of the
popular non-fiction titles Buddhism for Busy People and Hurry Up and Meditate.

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