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Tibet: News Exile Book on Tibetan women writers to be published in 2018

Book on Tibetan women writers to be published in 2018

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Dharamshala — A book about Tibetan woman writers titled "Women Who Run With the Pen" is to be published in 2018. The book, a compilation of interviews will discuss the writings of Tibetan women who live in exile.

The book isn't a conventional compilation of interviews. The author of the book, Choneyi Sangpo, asked the writers the questions and they wrote down the answers in Tibetan. He says that this is a way through which the purpose of the interview is fulfilled and the writing skills of the women come to the fore.

"Their writing skill is shown in this book. Sometimes recording is easier, but here the writing skill is showcased," he further explained

"I have interviewed 33 women writers," Sangpo says. "In the book, the Tibetan women explain their own perspective, their own point of view on living and writing in exile," he added.

Out of the 33 writers interviewed, 15 have their own books published. Only one of the writers interviewed was born in exile. The writers are all Tibetans from all over the world from countries like USA, Canada and India.

"In exile they are free to write and speak about whatever they want. In Tibet, woman writers cannot say anything. So, in exile, they're free," the author said while talking about the state of women writers inside Tibet.

The main topic Sangpo focuses on is the difference between women writers inside Tibet and those living in exile.

"This book is very important for women's literature, and for history," said Sangpo. "Looking at it from a research point of view, this book is extremely important as will be able to see our women's literature's history and how it's improved over time," he said.

"When researchers want to do a study about women's literature in Tibet, this book will be very important for them," he further added.

The author emphasized on the importance of the book for future generations of Tibetans growing up in exile as they will be able to read what women wrote during that time.

 


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