Join our Mailing List

"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Book: First Russia, Then Tibet: Travels Through a Changing World

October 19, 2010

ibtauris
October 2010

Over the course of several months during 1931 and
1932, Robert Byron journeyed to three countries
teetering on the brink of change. In Russia,
which was stricken by famine, Lenin had just
died, Stalin's dictatorship was in its infancy
and the Great Terror was yet to begin. Having
taken the first commercial flight to India, which
took a week, Byron was thrown into the tumultuous
last years of the British Raj. Gandhi was
imprisoned while rioting and clashes between
Hindus and Muslims had become commonplace.
Finally Byron entered Tibet, the forbidden
country. Exploring the Land of Snows, he saw
Tibet as it was when the then Dalai Lama was
still ensconced in the Potala Palace, twenty
years before China's invasion. Blending classic
travel writing with passionate observations on
the deeper political and social issues of the
time, Byron writes with uncanny prescience of the
eventual horrors of the Soviet Union and the
downfall of the Raj. As a piece of travel
literature, "First Russia, Then Tibet" is
compelling and beautifully-written. As a portrait
of these countries in the 1930s, it is invaluable.

Ultimately, it illuminates the constant quest for
meaning that underscored Robert Byron's life and travels.

First Russia, Then Tibet: Travels Through a Changing World
Robert Byron (author)
Paperback
ISBN: 9781848854246
Publication Date: 30 Sep 2010
Number of Pages: 256
£11.99

Author:

Over the course of several months during 1931 and
1932, Robert Byron journeyed to three countries
teetering on the brink of change. In Russia,
which was stricken by famine, Lenin had just
died, Stalin's dictatorship was in its infancy
and the Great Terror was yet to begin. Having
taken the first commercial flight to India, which
took a week, Byron was thrown into the tumultuous
last years of the British Raj. Gandhi was
imprisoned while rioting and clashes between
Hindus and Muslims had become commonplace.
Finally Byron entered Tibet, the forbidden
country. Exploring the Land of Snows, he saw
Tibet as it was when the then Dalai Lama was
still ensconced in the Potala Palace, twenty
years before China's invasion. Blending classic
travel writing with passionate observations on
the deeper political and social issues of the
time, Byron writes with uncanny prescience of the
eventual horrors of the Soviet Union and the
downfall of the Raj. As a piece of travel
literature, "First Russia, Then Tibet" is
compelling and beautifully-written. As a portrait
of these countries in the 1930s, it is invaluable.

Ultimately, it illuminates the constant quest for
meaning that underscored Robert Byron's life and travels.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
Developed by plank