A critically-acclaimed sensation, "Lhasa" combines multiple views of a shimmering city with the lyrical observations of a seasoned journalist. Robert Barnett paints an unforgettable portrait of urban sprawl, harsh architecture, ancient Buddhist temples, and poignant echoes of the past. Reflecting the anxieties of successive regimes, Lhasa is a mirror of Tibet's complex transition from tradition to modernity. Barnett captures this narrative perfectly, showing how material layering, popular memory, symbolism, and mythology can constitute the story of a city.
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Columbia University Press
March 22, 2006
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