Seven Years in Tibet
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First UK edition
|Original title||Sieben Jahre in Tibet. Mein Leben am Hofe des Dalai Lama|
|Publisher||Rupert Hart-Davis (UK)
E.P. Dutton (US)
Published in English
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
Seven Years in Tibet (German: Sieben Jahre in Tibet. Mein Leben am Hofe des Dalai Lama) is an autobiographical travel book written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer based on his real life experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during the Second World War and the interim period before the Communist Chinese People's Liberation Army invaded Tibet in 1950.
The book covers the escape of Harrer, and his companion Peter Aufschnaiter, from a British internment camp in India. Harrer and Aufschnaiter then travelled across Tibet to Lhasa, the capital. Here they spent several years, and Harrer describes the contemporary Tibetan culture in detail. Harrer subsequently became a tutor and friend of the 14th Dalai Lama.
Seven Years in Tibet was translated into 53 languages, became a bestseller in the United States in 1954, and sold three million copies.
At the beginning of the Flamingo edition of the book a message from the Dalai Lama praises the work: "Harrer has always been such a friend to Tibet. His most important contribution to our cause, his book, Seven Years in Tibet introduced hundreds of thousands of people to my country."
Two films have been based on the book: one in 1956, Seven Years in Tibet, a 76-minute documentary directed by Hans Nieter which included both movies taken by Harrer during his stay in Tibet and various scenes from his adventures reconstructed by Harrer himself; and Seven Years in Tibet (1997), directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud starring Brad Pitt as Harrer and David Thewlis as Aufschnaiter.
- Beyond Seven Years in Tibet, My Life Before, During and After (2007), Heinrich Harrer's full autobiography published in English
- Heinrich Harrer, 93, Explorer of Tibet, Dies by Douglas Martin, The New York Times, January 10, 2006
- Seven Years in Tibet Book Review at The Open Critic (1956)
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