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'A marvellous book, well researched and beautifully written - a treat for armchair explorers everywhere' (New Statesman)

'As vivid and gripping as a John Buchan novel' (Evening Standard)

Présentation de l'éditeur

No other land has captured man's imagination quite like Tibet. Hidden away behind the highest mountains on earth, and ruled over by a mysterious God-king, it was for centuries a land forbidden to all outsiders.

In this remarkable and ultimately tragic narrative, Peter Hopkirk recounts the forcible opening up of this medieval Buddhist kingdom by inquisitive Western travellers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the race to reach Lhasa, Tibet's sacred capital.

This epic, often harrowing tale, which ends with the Chinese invasion of 1950, draws on a colourful cast of gatecrashers from nine different countries. Among them were adventurous young officers on Great Game missions, explorers and mountaineers, mystics and missionaries. All took their lives in their hands, including three intrepid women. Some were never to return.



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  • Broché: 304 pages
  • Editeur : John Murray (27 mars 2006)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0719564492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719564499
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,4 x 1,9 x 19,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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Excellent ouvrage, sur une région et une histoire peu connues. Tous les ouvrages de Peter Hopkirk sur l'Asie centrale sont passionnants.
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A must read for anyone planning to visit Lhasa 22 novembre 2012
Par Paula - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In the 19th Century, a race to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, enticed the most formidable male and female explorers from Europe, Russia and even Japan to defy the Tibetans ban on foreigners visiting their most sacred city from where their God King, the Dalai Lama ruled. In Trespassers on the Roof of the World Peter Hopkirk transports you to the skeleton strewn paths in the frigid oxygen deprived mountains and exposes you to the vertical mountain passes, starvation and marauding bandits in the worlds highest deserts. Tibet fascinated explorers precisely because it was unknown and was thought to hold the unbelievable secrets. The race to Lhasa was all the more alluring due to the phenomenal natural defense of mountains surrounding the city, and the fact that the city was fiercely defended by loyal Tibetan armies.

Hopkirk introduces you to each of the key explorers and their motivations, and keeps you wrapped up in the political intrigues of the different countries and motivations of the individuals. This was a period of expansionism for Russia and Britain - both of whom sought to control central Asia and her wealth. You get into the shoes of the explorers, a diverse group of people including soldiers, surveyors, doctors and missionaries including a baby. Their methods of escaping detection by the Tibetans included dressing up as religious pilgrims or traders. But after months of battling the elements and bandits, most of the earliest explorers were worn out physically and their supplies completely depleted. It was upon the Tibetan gate keepers in the mountain passes to keep such people out of Tibet. Those thought to have assisted foreigners was dealt with using brutal medieval torture and sometimes a slow painful death - the details are generously described by Hopkirk. After months of what can only be described as hell, most of the explorers were forced to turn back before even setting eyes on the magnificent city of Lhasa. Finally when the city falls there is no cause for celebration. Hundreds of Tibetans are massacred when the pieces of paper they each carried, signed by the Dalai Lama failed to protect them from bullets as promised.

Hopkirks phenomenal story telling skill effortlessly combines history, politics, cultures and landscapes. This captivating story doubt benefits from his personal experiences during his extensive travels in the region but also from his long background and experience as a journalist in the region. Hopkirk tells the story as it happens and tries not add value judgments, still, it's hard not to feel outraged by the arrogance and insensitivity of these gate crashers, and the governments that sent them.

Having visited Lhasa, traveled across the deserts and peered at the ornate religious monuments, this book has renewed my sense of spiritual respect for the Tibetans. I wish I'd read it before I went there.
A passionating, unusual and tragic tale 26 juillet 2013
Par ulpio - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Once again Hopkirk drags you to discover exotic scenery, characters that are bigger than reality but also a sad backdrop of individual and collective tragedies. I have never been particularly tempted by Tibet, but now I am!
typical Hopkirk 25 mai 2013
Par David W Donaldson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Full of information interestingly laid out.
Great read like most of the stuff he does.
definitely worth a read for those interested in Tibet
Fabulous 24 mars 2013
Par Paula Kahumbu - Publié sur Amazon.com
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One of the best books I have ever read - and intend to read it again and again. It was especially meaningful after visiting Tibet. Hopkirk is a surprising writer who takes you on extraordinary adventures into hostile places. Super super book.
ARTIFAC THIEVES 9 février 2013
Par Ronald A. Homan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you are interested in Central Asia and China history
this book will keep you reading into the late hours.
A great supplment to "The Great Game".
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