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By Antonio Tabucchi

Translated from the Italian, this winner of the Prix Medicis Etranger
for 1987 is an enigmatic novel set in glossy India. Roux, the narrator,
is in pursuit of a mysterious pal named Xavier. His seek, which
develops right into a quest, takes him from city to city throughout the
subcontinent.

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Indian Nocturne

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is in pursuit of a mysterious buddy named Xavier. His seek, which
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But locally they were of importance and must be woven into the tapestry of the city’s recollections. In 1912 the monastery of Tengyeling gave shelter to Chinese troops during the Tibetan government’s attempt to wrest back Lhasa from the Chinese army that had seized the city two years earlier—Beijing’s response to the punitive invasion by the British earlier that decade. Tengyeling was one of the highest monasteries in the land, and its chief incumbent, Demo hutuktu, was one of only eight lamas in central Tibet 12 THE UNITARY VIEW entitled to serve as a regent in the inevitable minority of a Dalai Lama.

A NOTE ON TERMINOLOGY In this book I have taken some liberties with the uses and spellings of Tibetan words. There is no standard for romanizing Tibetan words phonetically, and I have tried to spell them in ways that standard English speakers will find manageable, without straying too far from the Tibetan. More complex issues arise with political terms like “Tibet,” which the Chinese authorities have used since 1965 to mean the Tibet Autonomous Region, or the TAR. This is more or less equivalent to the central and western part of the Tibetan plateau, which was the approximate area ruled by the Dalai Lama’s government in the late 1940s.

Like his fellow hutuktu, Demo, fifty years before, he came to regret the loss of power and seems to have allowed his retinue to conspire by various means to assassinate his successor, the regent Taktra. The last attempt was allegedly the dispatching of a primed hand grenade concealed in a parcel marked for the regent’s personal attention. According to the official account, only the servant who opened the parcel was injured, and Retring, identified and arrested as the chief conspirator, died of natural causes a few days later in a dungeon in the bowels of the Potala Palace.

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