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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9782360570492
Collection: L’Asiathèque Littérature
13.5 x 21.5 cm
Weight: 425 gr
Pages: 342
First publication: 12/03/2014
Last printing: 03/2014
CLIL: 3489
BISAC: LCO004000

Le Cavalier au miroir

In Tibet, at the turn of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. A turbulent and dreadful time for the country which was already in the grip of foreign covetousness : Great Britain aims to establish their economic influence over the region by force while the mandchoue dynasty, who shamlessly incorporates the eastern territories to the chinese prefectures, seeks to disminish, by any means, the temporal and religious power of the thirteen Dalai Lama. Tashi, a former monk who became a spy in the service of Great Britain, and Namgyal, an elite corps officer in charge of protecting the Dalai-Lama, both embody tensions and contradictions of that troubled time. Throughout the story, their love and adventures shape the basis of an alternating tale while a mirror passing from hand to hand makes the mysterious bonds uniting the characters concrete. A great historical epic about Tibet in the twentieth century. "I read with great interest and pleasure the Tibetan novel by Corinne Atlan. I discovered with a pleasant surprise the accuracy of her Tibetan evocation, the seriousness of its documentation and the quality of its writing. » (Matthieu Ricard)

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CONTRIBUTORS' BIOGRAPHIES

Corinne Atlan

Corinne Atlan has lived for over twenty years in Japan, Nepal and the Tibetan world. She is the author of numerous translations from Japanese, several of which have been awarded prestigious prizes: Foreign Femina Prize for Le Bouddha blanc by Hitonari Tsuji (Folio), Konishi Foundation Prize for Les Chroniques de l’oiseau à ressort by Haruki Murakami (Seuil), Zoom Japon prize for La Prière d’Audubon by Kôtarô Isaka (Picquier). Le Cavalier au miroir is his second novel, the first being Le Monastère de l’aube (Albin Michel).

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Carte du Tibet
I. Comment Tashi Tsering retrouva son maître bien-aimé
II. Comment Namgyal Dorjé livra ses premiers combats
III. Les plaisirs de ce monde sont pareils au miel sur le tranchant d’une lame
IV. Un petit objet doté de vertus protectrices montre son utilité
V. Rencontre providentielle avec un curieux marchand népalais
VI. Je lis sur ton visage que tu n’as pas peur de la mort
VII. La qualité du disciple révèle celle du maître
VIII. Une comète dans le ciel, signe d’une guerre imminente
IX. La « Réserve aux trésors de l’Ouest » suscite bien des convoitises
X. Ne tente rien avant l’heure

XI. Un penchant immodéré pour l’hygiène et une attitude des plus vertueuses
XII. La traversée du Tsangpo
XIII. La capitale est truffée d’espions
XIV. Comme un arc-en-ciel dans l’azur
XV. En gage de mon amitié
XVI. Un pays possédant d’immenses richesses ne peut se contenter d’une petite armée
XVII. Le sang rougit la neige
XVIII. Plus un homme s’élève, plus il a d’ennemis
XIX. Voici que tu t’éveilles comme d’un sommeil
XX. Emmenez-moi à sa place
XXI. Retour à Samding
Note de l’auteur
Bibliographie
Chronologie
Glossaire
Remerciements