Manjushree Thapa

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Manjushree Thapa
Manjushree Thapa
Manjushree Thapa
Kathmandu, Nepal
Period1989 - present
Genrenovel, short story collection, essay
Notable worksForget Kathmandu (2005)
Tutor Of History (2001)
Seasons of Flight (2010)
RelativesDr. Bhekh Bahadur Thapa (father),
Bhaskar Thapa (brother)

Manjushree Thapa (Nepali: मञ्जुश्री थापा), born in Kathmandu, is a Canadian essayist, fiction writer, translator and editor of Nepali descent.[1]


Manjushree Thapa grew up in Nepal, Canada and the United States. She began to write upon completing her BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her first book was Mustang Bhot in Fragments (1992). In 2001 she published the novel The Tutor of History, which she had begun as her MFA thesis in the creative writing program at the University of Washington in Seattle, which she attended as a Fulbright scholar. Her translation of Indra Bahadur Rai's There's a Carnival Today won 2017 PEN America Heim Translation Grant.[2] Her best known book is Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy (2005), published just weeks before the royal coup in Nepal on 1 February 2005. The book was shortlisted for the Lettre Ulysses Award in 2006.[3]

After the publication of the book, Thapa left the country to write against the coup. In 2007 she published a short story collection, Tilled Earth. In 2009 she published a biography of a Nepali environmentalist: A Boy from Siklis: The Life and Times of Chandra Gurung. The following year she published a novel, Seasons of Flight. In 2011 she published a nonfiction collection, The Lives We Have Lost: Essays and Opinions on Nepal. Her latest book, published in South Asia in 2016, is a novel, All Of Us in Our Own Lives. She has also written as an op-ed contributor to the New York Times.[4][5]



  • Tutor of History (2001)
  • Tilled Earth (2007)
  • Seasons of Flight (2010)
  • All Of Us in Our Own Lives (2016)


  • Mustang Bhot in Fragments (1992)
  • Forget Kathmandu (2005)
  • A Boy from Siklis (2009)
  • The Lives We Have Lost (2012)


  • A Leaf in a Begging Bowl by Ramesh Vikal (2000)
  • The Country is Yours (2009)
  • There's a Carnival Today by Indra Bahadur Rai (2017)

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  1. ^ Kathmandu Centre for Social Research and Development. Nepal Studies (2005). Studies in Nepali history and society. Mandala Book Point. p. 459. Retrieved 5 April 2011. "Senior" Nepali language writers have not been able to come to terms with the fact that Manjushree Thapa and Samrat Upadhyay have been established as the two important representatives of contemporary writings in English. ...
  2. ^ "2017 PEN America Literary Awards Winners - PEN America". PEN America. 2017-03-27. Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  3. ^ "Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy". openDemocracy. 2006-09-15. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  4. ^ Thapa, Manjushree (22 February 2011). "Nepal's Stalled Revolution". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Thapa, Manjushree. "Waiting at the Top of the World". Waiting at the Top of the World. New York Times. Retrieved 22 May 2016.

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