Behind the Inspector Shan Series

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Eliot offers his personal recommendations of other books about Tibet.
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WHY I WRITE ABOUT TIBET

Whenever I have the pleasure of participating in group discussions about my novels, I am nearly always asked a question that can be distilled to Why Tibet? or Why set your books in such a distant, unknown land? Some assume it is simply because I sought an exotic locale to add color to my mysteries. The answer is far more complex.
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THE TIBET HOUSE INTERVIEWS ELIOT PATTISON

Eliot Pattison, writer, lawyer, and avid supporter of the Tibetan cause, is the author of the Shan mystery novels, the only major mystery series set in Tibet. Since 1999, when he won the Edgar Allan Poe award for best first novel with The Skull Mantra, Pattison’s works have been translated into 20 languages. The series includes three novels, with the fourth slated for release early next year. All deal with specific Tibetan crimes. Most recently, The Skull Mantra, also nominated fro two major literary prizes in Europe, has been adapted into a radio drama miniseries in Germany. Eliot visited Tibet House this spring to share his views on Tibet and respond to our members’ questions. Here he continues that dialogue with us…

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“The best of historical novels allow us to commit our entire spirit to understanding another world that was once our own.”

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Our Human Journey Mandarin Gate, Chapter Twelve

(Inspector Shan encounters a secret meeting of professors who have been transported to his remote town in Tibet because they had persisted in teaching about Chinese imperial history and Western literature. The leader of the group explains its purpose:) __________             “We call ourselves the Vermilion Society after the color of the ink reserved for … Continue reading “Our Human Journey Mandarin Gate, Chapter Twelve”

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