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Stick Out Your Tongue: Stories
by Ma Jian
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312426909, Paperback)
When Stick Out Your Tongue was published in Chinese in 1997, a blanket ban was placed on Ma Jian's future work. With its publication in English, readers get a rare glimpse of Tibet through Chinese eyes. In this profound work of fiction, a Chinese writer whose marriage has fallen apart travels to Tibet. As he wanders through the countryside, he witnesses the sky burial of a Tibetan woman who died during childbirth, shares a tent with a nomad who is walking to a sacred mountain to seek forgiveness for sleeping with his daughter, and hears the story of a young female lama who died during a Buddhist initiation rite. In stories both enchanting and horrifying, beautiful and macabre, seductive and perverse, Stick Out Your Tongue offers a startlingly vivid portrait of Tibet.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 04 Feb 2013 23:09:18 -0500)
Ma Jian's account of his journey around China, 'Red Dust', is a book that has captured many imaginations. Written shortly after the travels he describes there, 'Stick Out Your Tongue', though a work of fiction, draws on his experiences to create a portrait of Tibet.
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