To a Mountain in Tibet
By Colin Thubron
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061768279, 227pp.)
Publication Date: March 2012
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Colin Thubron's To a Mountain in Tibet is a memoir of discovery and loss, chronicling the author's journey to the holiest mountain on earth, the solitary peak of Kailas in modern-day Tibet. To Buddhists and Hindus, it is the mystic heart of the world and an ancient site of pilgrimage. It has never been climbed.
Thubron undertakes this journey in the wake of his mother's death, using the pilgrimage as a lens to examine both his deeply felt loss and his lifelong need for solitude, which has shaped his career as a writerone who travels to places far outside his own history and culture. A vivid and powerful travelogue through an evocative landscape, To a Mountain in Tibet provides a fascinating encounter with the mythic and spiritual traditions of a foreign cultureencapsulated in the wondrous insights of an intimate personal voyage.
Colin Thubron is an award-winning novelist as well as, arguably, the most admired travel writer of our time. He lives in London.