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Seven Years in Tibet

by Harrer, Heinrich, translated by Richard Graves

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New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc, 1954. 1st/Book Club Edition. Hardcover. Good. xv-314, [6] pages. Illustraitons. Map. Ink name on fep Heinrich Harrer (6 July 1912 - 7 January 2006) was an Austrian mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, and author. He was a member of the four-man climbing team that made the first ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in Switzerland. He wrote the books Seven Years in Tibet (1952) and The White Spider (1959). The author escaped from a British internment camp in India during World War II and his dramatic trek through rugged Himalayan passes to sanctuary in the Forbidden City of Lhasa. In 1948, Harrer became a salaried official of the Tibetan government, translating foreign news and acting as the Court photographer. Harrer first met the 14th Dalai Lama when he was summoned to the Potala Palace and asked to make a film about ice skating, which Harrer had introduced to Tibet. A strong friendship developed between the two that would last the rest of their lives. This book tells of the author's autobiographical experience escaping from a British internment camp in northern India during World War II to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa where he established a strong relationship as a friend and tutor to the young Dalai Lama. Seven years later he was forced to flee Tibet when the Chinese overtook the country. It is his experiences during those seven years that give the story it's name. Mr. Harrer was born in 1912 and passed away in 2006 at the age of 93. In 1997 a major motion picture was made based n this book, starring Brad Pitt as Heinrich Harrer and David Thewlis as his companion, Peter Aufschnaiter.

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Seven Years in Tibet is an autobiography written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer based on his real life experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951. The story takes place during the Second World War and the interim period before the Communist Chinese People's Liberation Army moved into Tibet in 1950. It narrates the true story of an Austrian prisoner of war who successfully escaped his British captors in India in 1944 on the third attempt. His escape route led him across Tibet. In 1943, Heinrich Harrer, escaped captivity and made his way through the Himalayan passes to the Forbidden City of Lhasa in Tibet and finally lived for years in Lhasa becoming a tutor to the Dalai Lama.  Seven Years in Tibet  was first published in Germany before being acquired by Dutton.

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Ground Zero Books, Ltd. US (US)
Seller’s Inventory #
78601
Title
Seven Years in Tibet
Author
Harrer, Heinrich, translated by Richard Graves
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
second hand - Good
Quantity available
1
Edition
1st/Book Club Edition
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1954
Keywords
Tibet, India, POW's, WWII, Lhasa, Naga Parbat, Dalai Lama, Himalayas, Chinese Communists, Mountaineering, Eiger

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