Best known for her revelatory book about North Korea, Nothing to Envy, Barbara Demick returns with a familiar style but a new location. Choosing as her focus the small town of Ngaba, located in Sichuan Province, China, but Tibetan in every way, she uses the intimate, traumatic and inspirational stories of residents past and present to tell the wider story of modern Tibet. Beginning in 1958 during the early years of Chinese rule, she traces a land that has undergone profound by Andri Snær Magnason October 2020 • 53
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