Pan Books Ltd, 1956, Softcover, Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: N/A., First Paperback Edition
'Seven Years in Tibet' has been described as 'the greatest travel book of our time'. Yet even this commendation does not do justice to the unique experiences which it unfolds. No European has ever before penetrated into that inaccessible land in such strange circumstances, or has succeeded in staying there so long. Heinrich Harrer, well-known Austrian mountaineer and Olympic ski-ing champion, was climbing in the Himalayas when caught by the outbreak of war, and was interned by the British in India. With a companion, he escaped at. his third attempt and crossed the Himalayas into Tibet. After many desolate marches and strange adventures, they reached the Forbidden City of Lhasa , where they were eventually allowed to remain and earn a living. They found the traditional insularity of Tibet leavened with a new appetite for Western knowledge and ideas. Their fame quickly spread: Soon they were in great demand as advisers on many subjects of which they themselves knew little .. The day came when Harrer was presented to the young Dalai Lama, the god-king; he became the boy's friend and tutor and was permitted a degree of intimacy which awed the people and worried the religious hierarchy, After the War's end, Harrer stayed on, but when the. Communist Chinese invaded Tibet he accompanied the Dalai Lama in flight to India, and then returned sadly to Europe. His remarkable account of his experiences is illustrated with a number of his fine photographs. A film of this book has been made by Seven League Productions, with Harrer himself playing the chief part. Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. 267 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. White titles spine. light wear to edges. illustrated by b/w. photo's.. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 250 grams. Category: Travel & Places; Tibet; Lhasa; Tibetan Buddhism; Tibet; Biography & Autobiography. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3676.