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Mortal Attractions: A Simpleton's Odyssey

by Prakash Gurung

Simpleton, the hero of this novel, migrates from his village to Kathmandu in search of work and a better life. But he soon begins to feel the pressure of big-city life as he finds it difficult to find work and everyday survival becomes an uphill battle.

He falls in love with a girl from a higher caste family and experiences the heartbreak of being rejected as a poor country boy.

This novel shows the struggle, desperation and frustration that is the lot of millions of ordinary people in Third World countries who dream of better and more fulfilling lives.

"Prakash Gurung's debut novel marks a new era... breathtaking intensity and variety" - Shyamal K Shrestha, Sunday Despatch (Kathmandu)
"A gripping story to set you thinking over the lot of the poor people for whom dreams remain only to be rarely fulfilled." - Prem N Kakkar, The Rising Nepal (Kathmandu)

Click here to read a review of this novel in Spotlight Weekly

Paperback. 160 pages.
Weight: 210 g (7.4 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-056-1.
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*** Asia ***

Karmic Ties: A Novel of Modern Asia

by Stephen Long

Karmic Ties: A Novel of Modern Asia is the story of "Pompam", a handsome "Buffalo Boy" from Isan, Buddhist Thailand's most impoverished (though culturally rich) region. Miraculously, the young boy, eldest son of a rice farmer, rises above his lowly status as a novice monk to achieve an unheard of pinnacle of worldly success. However, in the process he sacrifices everything -- including his own body.

A graphic fictionalised account of Bangkok's infamous sex industry, a disease that has already spread throughout Thailand and now threatens every country that touches its borders, and so doing puts all of southeast Asia in cultural, moral and economic jeopardy.

Karmic Ties paints a true picture of life as it really is. Taking you to faraway places you have never seen, even if you think you know Asia well. It will move you, entertain you, and horrify you at the same time.

"Karmic Ties' universal themes of loss of innocence, greed and corruption, man's inhumanity to man and their inevitable karmic consequences, have rarely been as vividly expressed as they are in this raw, new novel." -- Jonathon Ray Spinney, author of The Awakening of the Red Feather

The author, Stephen Long, was born in Florida and has lived for over 20 years in Hawaii and the Far East. He currently lives in Los Angeles and New Mexico, where he writes fulltime.

Mr Long is also an active member of the Board of Directors of Captive Daughters , a non-profit organisation dedicated to mobilising the public will against trafficking and sexual slavery in the US and throughout the world.

Paperback. 451 pages.
Weight: 550 g (19.3 oz).
Item No: 8173032194
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*** England***

The Lovely Lady

by D H Lawrence

The Lovely Lady is but one of a collection of short stories in this book.

But who is the lovely lady, and where is she going?

The situations portrayed in this collection of tales are as familiar to the human race as the dawning of the sun each day. They reverberate with the emotions, passions, and predicaments in which anyone may find himself or herself. They illuminate the often compelling absurdity of the human mind. And yet, as in many of man's endeavours, the outcome of the given situations is neither certain nor definite.

It is the complete unpredictability of the resolution to these short sagas that is the masterstroke of the author, D. H. Lawrence.

Delve into these pages and find amusement in a situation that you too might fall into!

Paperback. 240 pages.
Weight: 230 g (8.1 oz).
Item No: 8177695479.
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*** Germany***

Journey to the East

by Herman Hesse

This book tells the tale of a man (initials H H) who goes on a wonderful and amazing journey through Asia. His travels can also be seen as a parable of one person's search for enlightenment. Ever since this book's first publication in 1932, it has influenced generations of readers with its ideas on Eastern religion and Jungian psychology and its criticism of Western middle-class values.
The author of this book, who wrote many other great novels of interest to those who love the East, won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

"Brooding Teutonic power... freshness and authenticity" - Times Literary Supplement

Hardback. 93 pages.
Weight: 155 g (5.4 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-101-0.
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by Herman Hesse

Siddhartha, a young man, sets out on a spiritual search for an understanding of the world.

"Famous novel of spiritual growth... Hesse's absorption in Eastern religion and Jungian psychology and his criticism of European bourgeois values has made him a great favorite with several generations of young readers." -- The Reader's Catalog

Hardback. 121 pages.
Weight: 270 g (9.5 oz).
Item No: 8129102048.

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*** India***

Beyond the Illusions

by Sheeba Shivangini Shah

This gripping tale is an intriguing, intimate saga of love and betrayal, life and its puzzling dilemmas, blending erotic ecstasy and sexual slavery with rampant religious rituals and tainted Tantric temptations.

Bhairavi is puzzled when her husband, Jayant, suddenly begins to try some new, weird and wonderful tricks in the bedroom. Soon afterwards, he mysteriously disappears without saying a word. Distraught, she sets off with her friend Neha in search of him, across the plains of India to the foothills of the Himalaya and the banks of the holy river Ganges.

What follows is a story that will capture your imagination, stimulate your senses and mesmerise your mind with anticipation"for all is not what it seems.

As Bhairavi extricates herself from the charms of the material world around her, she slowly begins to slip deeper and deeper into the realms of Tantra, taking the reader along with her into the ethereal space of the black goddess, Kali. A spiritual quest for ultimate realisation unfolds throughout the pages.

Paperback. 239 pages.
Weight: 300 g (10.5 oz).
Item No: 8177696629.
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The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Great Detective in India and Tibet

by Jamyang Norbu

In 1891, a horrified British public learnt that Sherlock Homes - in a last deadly struggle with the archcriminal Professer Moriarty - had perished at the Reichenback Falls in Switzerland. Two years later, popular demand made Conan Doyle resurrect the great detective. Holmes informs a stunned Dr. Watson: "Traveled for two years in Tibet therefore and amused myself by visiting Lhasa." This is all that the world has known of Sherlock Holmes' journey to the East.

Jamyan Norbu - an avid reader of Kipling and Doyle - has decided to take the matter in his own hands: to investigate Holmes' stay in Lhasa, Tibet. What he has unearthed is The Mandala, written by a wily Bengali scholar, Hurrie Chunder Mookergee, Holmes' travelling companion. The Mandala holds the key to the mystery and reveals Holmes in a landscape so fascinating, a game so intriguing that it is difficult to resist.  An exciting, oftern richly humorous detective story The Mandala of Sherlock Holmes also evokes the romance of Kipling's India.

Paperback. 287 pages.
Weight: 320 g (11.2 oz).
Item No: 8172233647.
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Om: The Secret of Ahbor Valley

by Talbot Munday

This enthralling and fast-paced mystery novel is set in British India during the 1920s.

The author, Talbot Munday, wrote top-selling mystery and adventure novels in early and middle years on the 20th century. Captain Athelstan King, the hero of one of his novels, King of the Khyber Rifles (1916), has been called "the first 20th century action hero, the forerunner of James Bond and Jack Ryan, the fictional precursor of Lawrence of Arabia" (with) "adventure and derring-do on the India-Afghanistan border" and featuring "conflicts among Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and Europeans".

Paperback. 409 pages.
Weight: 500 g (17.5 oz).
Item No: 8177692461.
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Tales of Banaras, the Flowing Ganges: The Life and Lore of India's Sacred City on the Ganges

by Rudra Kashikey (pen name of Shiv Prasad Mishra). Translated by Paul R Golding with Virendra Singh.

This unique collection of short stories is the one book that most literary-minded citizens of Banaras (also known as Benares or Varanasi) unequivocally recommend as the best modern work of historical fiction.
The sacred city of Banaras is one of the oldest inhabited cities on earth and one of the oldest Hindu pilgrimage sites on the flowing Ganges. A place of faith, death and cremation ghats for millions of believers since time immemorial, it is also a city of drugs, thieves, prostitutes and abandoned widows.
The translators draw on their vast scholarship and with introductory notes, explanatory postscripts and extensive glossary elucidate the original text so that the traditions of Banaras and its inhabitants, both Hindu and Muslim, come alive and its haunting sounds and smells become almost tangible.
In addition to revealing the mythology, customs and history of Banaras, these evocative psychological tales are also notable for their human tragedies of unrequited love and nostalgia for a romantic past that has gone with the flowing Ganges.

Paperback. 191 pages. B&W historical drawings.
Weight: 290 g (10.2 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-054-5.
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Where Angels Face the Heat

by Edel Weis

Where Angels Face the Heat is story of a group of intrepid IAF (Indian Air Force) officers who are forced down over Chinese occupied Tibet just before the Indo-China conflict of 1962. Filled with suspense, action, betrayal and love it tells us how they were captured, how they survived and how they eventually escaped and crossed into India.

Paperback. 337 pages.
Weight: 380 g (13.3 oz).
Item No: 8177695088.
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*** Nepal***

Arresting God in Kathmandu

by Samrat Upadhyay

From the first Nepali author writing in English to be published in the West, Arresting God in Kathmandu brilliantly explores the nature of desire and spirituality in a changing society. With the assurance and unsentimental wisdom of a long-established writer, Upadhyay records the echoes of modernization throughout love and family. Here are husbands and wives bound together by arranged marriages but sometimes driven elsewhere by an intense desire for connection and transcendence. In a city where gods are omnipresent, where privacy is elusive and family defines identity, these men and women find themselves at the mercy of their desires but at the will of their society. Psychologically rich and astonishingly acute, Arresting God in Kathmandu introduces a potent new voice in contemporary fiction.

What the reviews say:
Love and matrimony are as complicated in modern Nepal as anywhere else, as depicted in this debut collection of stories from one of the first Nepali authors writing in English to be published in the West. In only one of the nine stories does the focus waver from the tensions inherent in a class-conscious society where most marriages are still arranged, despite the fast-forward of globalization and a younger population used to traveling abroad or at least hearing about it. Parents such as the mother in "The Room Next Door" are angry and confused when their children are reluctant to conform. This mother is shamed when her college-age daughter becomes pregnant; the girl then marries the only man who might have her an unemployed simpleton who has appeared on their doorstep. Young couples at a loss to articulate submerged desires find it difficult to communicate in times of stress. In "The Good Shopkeeper," an accountant who loses his job drifts away from his wife and into an affair with a servant girl; the dissolution of another man's marriage to an American woman gives way to an unusual rebound relationship in "Deepak Misra's Secretary." While all of the stories are set in Nepal, one, "This World," also dips into New Jersey and explores the ambivalence of a young woman deciding her future and, by extension, her identity. Those seeking the exoticism so often found in contemporary Indian fiction won't find it here there are no lush descriptions or forays into spirituality. In an assured and subtle manner, Upadhyay anchors small yet potent epiphanies in a place called Kathmandu, and quietly calls it home. -- Publishers Weekly (USA)

Paperback. 191 pages.
Weight: 250 g (8.8 oz).
Item No: 8171678033.
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by Indira Prasai

Paperback. 133 pages. Nepali text.
Weight: 170 g (6 oz).
Item No: N000023088.
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by Kavita Ram Shrestha

Controversial and boldly written, this powerful translation is available for the first time in the English language. The Nepali characters of a sick woman, a dwarf and a prostitute portray frustrated people which society creates but then turns into objects of hatred. Although it is a story of opposition to society's values, it is, as the author says, "a story that exists in all places, times and personalities". Introduction by Krishnachandra Singh.

Paperback. 75 pages.
Weight: 135 g (4.7 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-033-2.
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Faulty Glasses and Other Stories

by B P Koirala. Translated by Keshar Lall.

In this book, Nepal's pre-eminent statesman, B P Koirala, recreates a world of emotion in all its varied manifestations: love, loathing, compassion, jealousy, fear, affection, anger and pity.
Written in the late 1940s, his short stories of human interaction take place at various locations throughout Nepal. They provide valuable insights into the everyday lives of the Nepalese people.
B P Koirala is considered to be the father of modern Nepal. As the country's popularly elected Prime Minister, he is eminently qualified to illuminate the customs, attitudes and activities of his people.
In this collection, Koirala has bequeathed to us a treasury of tales that look beyond the obvious and attempt to delve into the motivations and aspirations of his characters. One can find no better Nepali raconteur than B P Koirala and no finer vehicle than these short but meaningful stories.

Paperback. 69 pages.
Weight: 105 g (3.7 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-055-3.
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by Sita Panday. Edited by Yuyutsu R D Sharma. Translated by Yuyutsu R D Sharma and others.

Fever is an explosive anthology of short stories from an author who has been at the centre of literary commotion in Nepal for the past two decades.

Mature and skillfully structured, these stories investigate the hidden recesses of a woman's mind. Bold, intense and honest, they narrate the life struggle of a young woman from the Nepalese countryside hankering for a fresh emotional plateau of faith in a callously modernised cityscape of the legendary Shangri-la kingdom. Thus as one reads Sita Panday page after page, one finds the personal fused with the public.

Having entered the valley of a woman's mind, Sita effortlessly transcends gender and geography. The rage and revolt expressed in her characters reveals a woman's urge to shatter the norms of a decaying value system and reach out to a "universal celebration" and a "private space".

Translated from Nepali for the first time, Fever bears testimony to the richness and diversity of South Asian literature.

Paperback. 93 pages.
Weight: 150 g (5.3 oz).
Item No: 8185693935.
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The Green Eye

by Peter Byrne

At the turn of the century a man named J. Milton Hayes wrote a set of verses called The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God. The verses tell the story of a young British officer named Carew, who steals the Green Eye, a priceless emerald, from a temple in the mountains north of Kathmandu, Nepal. The emerald gift from him to the daughter of the colonel of his regiment, with whom he is then in love. The priests of the temple follow Carew back to his barracks, and kill him.

Six book author Peter Byrne's daring and challenging stories, The Green Eye, tells us a different tale: Carew does not die, he is dismissed from his regiment and leaves Kathmandu and, taking the eye with him, returns to England. Now many years later and a distinguished member of the British aristocracy, he finds his conscience bothered by his youthful folly and decides to return the Eye to its rightful owners.

He secretly employs a professional, Wildman, for the mission. But word leaks out and when Wildman is traveling through India, he finds himself pursued by a group of men who are a remnant of Hindu thugs of old. Their leader is Vask, a powerful and ruthless gangster who will do anything to get the priceless emerald, including the use of his terrifying brother, a mentally retarded giant, to torture, mutilate and kill anyone who gets in his way.

At Lord Carew's suggestion, Wildman takes with him a tough little Sherpa and on the way across India, where he is joined by a beautiful young Australian woman, Carew's granddaughter. At first, a confirmed bachelor, he wants nothing to do with her. Then slowly, a love affair develops as the three battle the thugs through a series of brutal fights, kidnappings, torture, car chases and shoot-outs, to a deadly finale in the mountains.

The story begins in an exclusive club in London and sweeps on from there through Lord Carew's castle in Scotland to the seething city of Bombay. It includes an interlude at the encampment of a famous Indian woman bandit and then races north to the ancient and mysterious city of Kathmandu, the dark side of which few modern travellers know. Based on the author's own experiences, the story encompasses murder and mayhem, treachery and deceit, courage and cowardice, love and passion, torture and violent death, all set against the background of the endless battle between good and evil. Methodically documented by the author's extraordinary photographs, The Green Eye is required reading for all who are stirred by adventure and the dangerous but exhilarating game of pitting one's wits against a seemingly invincible foe.

Paperback. 400 pages.
Weight: 575 g (20.1 oz).
Item No: 8177692089.
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Guests in this Country: A Development Fantasy

by Greta Rana

Becky Sidebottom, a recent university graduate, lands her first job as a Junior Programme Officer for an international aid agency in the Third World, one party state of Lapalistan. An innocent abroad, Becky quickly learns the ropes and gets caught up in a maelstrom of espionage, counter-revolution, romance, pregnancy and tennis matches. Greta Rana's humorous but thought-provoking novel is a biting spoof about the new colonialism of development aid which benefits administrators and local elites more than the poor.

"A wicked spoof about a junior development worker's encounters with aid red tape and government mismanagement in the fictional (but oh-so-Nepali) land of Lapalistan." - David Reed, Nepal (Rough Guides)

"As much fun as The Mouse That Roared" - Pallav Ranjan, Kathmandu Post

Paperback. 365 pages.
Weight: 450 g (15.8 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-034-0.
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Kathmandu, Treks and Hippies Too

by Dorothy Mierow

Based on her own experiences, Dorothy Mierow's absorbing and dramatic novel chronicles the adventures of Cindy Adams, a bright but confused college graduate who in the 1960s was among the first American Peace Corps Volunteers to be sent to Nepal, a small and remote Himalayan kingdom which, till then, was isolated from the rest of the world. Aside from the Peace Corps, Nepal was also becoming the new found "Shangri La" destination for the Asia-overland, vagabond hippie set. In those heady days, hash was legal, love was cheap and life was high. Struggling to make sense of an alien but exotic culture which she helps to bring from the middle ages into the 20th century, Cindy questions her own values and finds her way towards a fulfilling purpose in life.

Paperback. 175 pages.
Weight: 220 g (7.7 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-040-5.
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Loyals of the Crown

by Sheeba Shivangini Shah

Loyals of the Crown proves itself to be distinct both in terms of its approach, aptitude and presentation. It bubbles with the enthusiasm to probe deep into the conclaves of the most controversial. The author endeavors to fill in the vacuum created by the past generation of historians and literalist and have proven the fact that history is not merely an elucidation of single protagonist and events and activities surrounding them. History as she puts it is an episode, which has peripheral dimensions where a multitude of characters, events and activities needs to be taken into consideration.

This is what she has done describing the temperament and idiosyncrasies of His Majesty King Rajendra in a manner, which has been completely ignored by earlier writers. She depicts him, not as a senile, incompetent, irrational and schizophrenic personality , but speaks of his concealed attributes and describes him as a loving husband, an intriguing diplomat, and a true nationalist. It is also clear that his wives, his courtiers and 'Darbarias' exploited his weaknesses to the fullest extent and whilst pretending to be 'Loyal' betrayed him and usurped the royal governance. The Royals as she projects them were never able to make correct and sane judgments in selecting the 'Loyal' thus those who were truly loyal in due course of time would either be dumped or assassinated as was epitomized by the fates of both Mathbir Singh Thapa and Bhimsen Thapa.

Written as historical fiction with the underlying romantic activities of the Royal court providing the base for the story line; this novel provides us with a unique view of life as it was in the Nepali court in the pre-Rana era. It also provides us with insight into the scenario behind Jung Bahadur's usurping of the royal authority and the establishing of the Rana dynasty that ruled Nepal with an iron hand for one hundred and four years.

"I personally would recommend the research scholars, the historians and other writers to go through the Loyal of the Crown, which has attempted to answer many questions that had remained unattended either intentionally or our of ignorance by the conventional historians of Nepal." -- Diwaker Chand

Paperback. 312 pages.
Colour and B&W photographs.
Weight: 400 g (14 oz).
Item No: 8177692690.
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Khairini Ghat: Return to a Nepali Village

by Shanker Koirala. Translated by Larry Hartsell.

After having lost himself for ten years in Calcutta, a weary traveller returns to his native village in the hills of Nepal. He strives to cope with the political and social changes, while attempting to regain his former status, resist the temptations of village women and manage the affairs of village life. An evocative narrative providing a rare glimpse of rural Nepal of the recent past that is slowly disappearing.
"This small sensuous novel... packed with acition... has all the ingredients of a bestseller" - The Rising Nepal
"Competent translation" - John Whelpton, Nepal (Clio Press)

Paperback. 101 pages.
Weight: 130 g (4.6 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-041-1.
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Modern Literary Nepali: An Introductory Reader

by Michael Hutt

This book introduces a selection of published 20th century Nepali texts, in both prose and verse. It contains 5 short stories, 2 essays, an extract from an autobiography, and 20 complete poems, along with 7 extracts from a longer narrative poem and provides an introduction into modern Nepali literature.

Paperback. 286 pages.
Weight: 380 g (13.3 oz).
Item No: 0195651111.
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Mortal Attraction: A Simpleton's Odyssey

by Prakash Gurung

Life in the Third World is a hard one, and Nepal is no exception. The story of Simpleton, the hero of the book, is but a reflection of the many privations and difficulties endured by the people on a daily basis, affecting every aspect of their insecure lives and loves in which money makes a very romantic gift indeed.
The aptly-named hero leaves his village for the bright lights of the big city to fall in love again. Love, murder, marriage, the grandeur of the Ranas, and unemployment form the skein of which the web of this story is woven right up to its surprise ending. It depicts middle class life in the Kathmandu of the 1940s and the economic and intellectual environment from which it sprang.
"Prakash Gurung's debut novel marks a new era... breathtaking intensity and variety" - Shyamal K Shrestha, Sunday Despatch (Kathmandu)
"A gripping story to set you thinking over the lot of the poor people for whom dreams remain only to be rarely fulfilled." - Prem N Kakkar, The Rising Nepal (Kathmandu)

Paperback. 160 pages.
Weight: 210 g (7.4 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-056-1.
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Nepal Gold: A Perilous Search for a Priceless Treasure

by Jason Schoonover

Nepal Gold takes the reader from the soaring heights of the Great Himalaya down into the steamy jungles of the Golden Triangle and then on to the seamy bars of Bangkok and Manila. Full of the seamy side of an ex-pat's life in the east this story will carry you around the world until you too feel the jet lag!

Paperback. 462 pages.
Weight: 500 g (17.5 oz).
Item No: 8177692003.
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Palpasa Cafe

by Narayan Wagle

Best selling Nepali novel Palpasa Café is now available in English. Palpasa Café is a Nepali novel written by journalist Narayan Wagle which was released in 2005. Since its release the book has received many honours including the highly prestigious literary award in Nepal, the Madan Puraskar.

Palpasa Café has sold more than 16,000 copies in the Nepali language original and has been amongst the most talked about book in contemporary Nepali literature of recent times.

It is now available for the first time in the English language translation.

"I am glad my work will now reach a broader mass. I thank all those who made this book happen first in Nepali and then now in English."

-- Narayan Wagle, the author of the book.

"A powerful anti-war novel that will be read and talked about for years. It drags us beyond Shangri-La and forces us to look at the abyss below."

-- Nepali Times

"What Wagle has been writing in the mainstream print media is real but this novel is even more real."

-- The Kathmandu Post

Paperback. 240 pages. First English translation.
Weight: 300 g (10.5 oz).
Item No: 978-9937-8021-0-9
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A Place Beneath the Pipal Tree

by Greta Rana

A Place Beneath the Pipal Tree describes three generations of Sherpa women, the men in their lives, the times they lived in, and the dilemmas they faced. While not over romanticising the past, when it was originally written it could almost have been prophetic in its misgivings about the future in an environment governed by status and taboo, in which women have to work hard to achieve the respect that should be their birthright.

Greta Rana was born in 1943 in Leeds. After studying sociology, literature and linguistics, she worked as a social worker in Canada and then later for the UNICEF in Nepal, where she met her future husband. Greta Rana has previously published four poem collections, 55 short stories and three novellas. A Place Beneath the Pipal Tree is her first novel. She was a founding member of the International PEN Centre, Nepal.

Paperback. 546 pages.
Weight: 450 g (15.8 oz).
Item No: 8177694235
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The Red Temple

by Mani Dixit

A tourist bus sets off to Pokhara, a small domestic resort in Nepal, but the passengers inside are not what they seem. Little do they all realise that within a week, four of them will be dead. Drug smugglers, Tibetan freedom fighters and undercover agents conspire to thwart each other's plans.
This thriller gives a fascinating insight into Nepal of the 70s, when Freak Street was in its heyday, hash smoke billowed from every cheap hotel and no one slept with the same partner twice. There are mountain hideaways that unsuspecting travellers enter, never again to see the light of day.

Paperback. 109 pages.
Weight: 110 g (3.9 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-053-7.
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The Royal Ghosts: Stories

by Samrat Upadhyay

The Royal Ghosts features characters trying to reconcile their true desires with the forces at work in Nepali society. Against the backdrop of the violent Maoist insurgencies that have claimed thousand lives, these characters struggle with their duties to their aging parents, an oppressive caste system, and the complexities of arranged marriage. In the end, they manage to fine peace and connection, often where they least expect it -- with the people directly in front of them. These stories brilliantly examine not only Kathmandu during a time of political crisis and cultural transformation but also the effects of that city on the individual consciousness.

"Like Willam Trevor, Samrat Upadhyay compresses into a short story the breadth of vision and human consequence we expect of a novel, and he does so in a prose that seems as natural as breathing. If there were an author of the universe who bestowed on us the tender regard that Upadhyay bestows on hi struggling people, we would be blessed indeed."
-- Scott Tussell Sandres, author of A Private History of Awe

"Elegant, rich, and pleasing, the stories of the The Roayl Ghosts will haunt readers long after the book is finished. These are tales of both the individual and the society, conveying a measured, transcendental gaze at the nature of the world."
-- Diana Abu-Jaber, Author of The Language of Baklava

Paperback. 207 pages.
Weight: 220 g (7.7 oz).
Item No: 81-291-0915-8.
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by Rudra Raj Pandey. Translated by Shanti Mishra.

Rupamati is considered to be the first modern novel in Nepal.

Translated into English for the first time, Rupamati deals with the duties of a daughter-in-law in a traditional Brahmin family. It depicts "the blows and counter blows within the circle of a family.... This book wholly embodies the ideal of reform in domestic life," writes leading Nepali poet, Lekhnath Poudyal. "Whoever begins to read this book will not want to put it down."
"This book is joyful, instructive and inspiring. Moreover, it should be considered as a new light and as a new milestone within the history of the Nepali prose." - Lakshmi Prasad Devkota

Paperback. 139 pages.
Weight: 190 g (6.7 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-102-9.
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by B P Koirala

Sumnima ­ a famous Nepali novel by B P Koirala, a former Prime Minister of Nepal ­ is about the painful complications that arise in a man-woman relationship. The story is about the powerful attraction that exists between a Brahmin boy and an ordinary girl. It deals with the conflict within the boy who also wishes to pursue spiritual salvation but is torn between his desire for this woman and his urge for spiritual emancipation. To surmount carnal desires is not possible for an ordinary mortal and the pleasures of the flesh have a place in life. The Brahmin boy is serious about his spiritual goals but succumbs to the charms of a lovely girl.

Sumnima was viewed as highly controversial when it first appeared in Nepal. The author was accused of inciting communal feelings against certain sections of Nepali society. The book was also looked upon as an attempt to project Brahmins as superior beings.As a result, copies of the book were burnt by a particular community to express their anguish against its publication.

"An excellent work by a leading socialist author." -Madhav Ghimire, noted Nepali poet

"I consider Sumnima to be a most powerful work by B P Koirala." -Kamal Mani Dixit, leading Nepali author

Paperback. 114 pages. Hindi text. Translated from original Nepali.
Weight: 165 g (5.8 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-048-0.
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Tilled Earth: Stories

by Manjushree Thapa

Startlingly original and closely observed stories that capture the dynamism and diversity of Nepali society in a time of great flux

In Tilled Earth several compressed, poetic and deeply evocative micro-stories offer fleeting glimpses of small, private dramas of people caught midlife: an elderly woodworker loses his way in a modern Kathmandu neighbourhood; a homesick expatriate nurses a hangover; a clerk at the Ministry of Home Affairs learns to play Solitaire on the computer; a young man is drawn to politics against his better judgement; a child steals her classmate's book . . .

The longer stories in the collection, too, span a wide course, taking subjects from rural and urban Nepal as well as from the Nepali diaspora abroad. In "Tilled Earth" a young woman goes to Seattle as a student, and finds herself becoming an illegal alien. "Love Marriage" is an inner narration by a young man who -- defying family pressure -- falls in love with a woman of the wrong caste. In 'The Buddha in the Earth-Touching Posture", a retired secretary visits the Buddha's birthplace, Lumbini, only to find his deepest insecurities exposed.

With their unexpected, inventive forms, these stories reveal the author's deep love of language and commitment to craft. Manjushree Thapa pushes the styles of her stories to match the distinctiveness of their content, emerging confidently as a skilled innovator and formalist.

Paperback. 196 pages.
Weight: 300 g (10.5 oz).
Item No: 0143102648.
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The Tutor of History

by Manjushree Thapa

The first major novel in English to emerge from Nepal,

The Tutor of History is a portrait of a society in change that is ultimately a story of idealism alienation and love. The events of the novel unfold against the backdrop of a campaign for parliamentary elections in the bustling roadside town of Khaireni Tar. Written with rare insight into the politics of a nation and of human relationships, The Tutor of History marks the arrival of a significant new voice from the Subcontinent.

Paperback. 442 pages. English text.
Weight: 500 g (17.5 oz).
Item No: 0-14-100774-5.
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The Window of the House Opposite

by Govinda Bahadur Malla. Translated by Larry Hartsell.

The Window of the House Opposite is a classic story of the struggle between social obligations and sexual passion. Misri, a Newari bride, is settling into an arranged marriage to a kindly but weak bureaucrat. Against her own better judgement, she gradually becomes captivated by the handsome and disreputable man who comes to visit the house opposite her window each day. The novel's spare elegant language traces their increasing mutual attraction up to the inevitable crisis.

Paperback. 111 pages.
Weight: 115 g (4 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-121-5.
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*** Tibet***

Lost Horizon

by James Hilton

While escaping war-torn China, four people crash in the Himalayas where they are rescued and taken to an enchanted mountain paradise called Shangri La. Hidden from the rest of the world, Shangri La is a place where peace abounds and time has virtually stopped. You can read this book as a classic utopian novel, an unusual view of lamastic Buddhism or as a great adventure story that is difficult to put down!

Paperback. 277 pages.
Weight: 235 g (8.2 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-104-5.
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*** United States***

Beyond the Summit

by Linda LeBlanc

Beyond the Summit tells the story of two people with dreams: Beth, an American journalist who finally arrives in her Shangri-la to do a story on Nepal and Dorje, a young Sherpa who aspires to summit Everest like Tenzing Norgay, even if it means severing ties with his father's traditions.

As tourists flood into the remote Himalayan kingdom, Dorje yearns for what the modern world brings. He struggles not only aginst violent storms and the mountain that has seduced him since childhood but clashes with his father as old ways vanish. Immediately attracted to the blond-haired woman who comes to study his people, Dorje experiences a deeper love than he has ever known and learns the consequences of their affair.

"This superbly crafted novel will land you in a world of unimaginable beauty, adventure and romance. The author's work resonates with the incredible depth, warmth, and simplicity of the Sherpa people. The gripping narrative has a strong sense of place with luminous descriptions of landscape and culture and offers sensitive insight into the characters. The love story between a worldly Western journalist and a Sherpa guide will keep you awake at night with its vibrant tension and deep rich loving" -- Wick Downing, author of nine novels including Leonardo's Hand

"Linda's been there. She's hiked the steep trails, crossed swaying suspension bridges, and endured bitter cold nights at 18,000 feet. She immerses you so intimately into the culture and place that you swear you've been there too. The feeling lingers long after you've put the book down." -- Jim Wills, Nepal tour operator for over 20 years.

About the author: At the foot of the Rockies, Denver has always been Linda LeBlanc's home. Her love of mountains inspired her to be a founder of the first hut-to-hut system inNepal. She later organised and led treks to the Everest region where she fell in love with the Sherpas living in the shadow of the world's highest mountain.


Paperback. 286 pages.
Weight: 350 g (12.3 oz).
Item No: 8177694332.
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Eve's Diary, translated from the Original MS

by Mark Twain

What if Adam and Eve had kept diaries in the Garden of Eden? What would this have told us about their characters? In Adam's Diary (1904) and Eve's Diary (1906), Mark Twain with his timeless wit and fertile imagination shows us what might have resulted. Eve's Diary is both funny and sad. It is a book for lovers and for the pure of heart. One quote to give the feel of this small gem: "Wherever she was, there was Eden."

Paperback. 109 pages. B&W woodcuts.
Weight: 100 g (3.5 oz).
Item No: 81-7624-034-6.
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The Gorkha Urn

by Matthew S Friedman

Three unsuspecting, teenage boys on overnight fishing trip in one of the West Virginia's largest parks, accidentally stumble onto the corpse of Robert Carter, a highly respected antique dealer from New York City. In an effort to uncover the bizarre circumstances surrounding his mysterious death, the boys embark on an adventure which unwittingly pulls them deeply into a tangled web of murder, lies and deceit.

The twisted trail of clues takes them down a path which revolves around a priceless religious object stolen from Nepal, known as the "Gorkha Urn"; a crooked defense dealer seeking to use this object to acquire a lucrative contract in the Near East; and a beautiful ex-Peace Corps volunteer whose role in all of this remains a mystery until the very end.

The climax to The Gorkha Urn will shock and intrigue you. For the reader seeking suspense and adventure with edge-of-the-seat excitement, this novel is for you.

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Paperback. 232 pages.
Weight: 330 g (11.6 oz).
Item No: 81-7769-030-2.
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Lake of Death

by Phill Jensen

A time-travel adventure story set in interior British Columbia. Suitable for teenage and adult readers.
Sonny Graham is fishing on a large Canadian lake when he decides to explore a small island that has long fascinated him. As he wades ashore to tie up his boat he notices two men standing in the shade of a nearby tree. Sonny does not want company and ignores the two strangers, but they insist on making his acquaintance. During the next several hours they relate an incredible story of how they have accidentally passed through from a troubled community existing in another dimension on the lake. As he listens, Sonny realises that the strangers believe he is an elusive prophet they have been seeking and that they expect him to help save their world from imminent disaster. Sonny, who suspects they are either criminal or insane, agrees to help while secretly planning to abandon them at the first opportunity. By the time he realises they are telling the truth, however, it is already too late to back out. And it is only then that he realises far more is expected of him than he is willing to give.

Paperback. 202 pages.
Weight: 280 g (9.8 oz).
Item No: 81-7303-088-X.
Price: $US 4.75. . Convert Currency


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