For fear of Chinese soldiers, they dared walk only through the freezing nights, with no light to guide them but the stars. The mountains were black towers before the dark sky. The group, numbering a dozen or so, had set out shortly before the Tibetan New Year festival, which, like the beginning of the Chinese calendar, usually falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. New Year was deemed the best time to escape. The high passes were covered in snow, and icy winds whistled across them, but the snow was frozen hard at night and was sometimes
In this author interview video, Yangzom Brauen, author of the book Across Many Mountains, talks about her childhood in Tibet.
In this author interview video, Yangzom Brauen, author of the book Across Many Mountains, talks about her work as a Tibetan activist and her family ties to H.H. the Dalai Lama.
In this author interview video, Yangzom Brauen, author of Across Many Mountains, explains how her Swiss father met her Tibetan mother.
In this author interview, Brauen talks about her grandmother's story and how she came to write the book.
“A moving reminder that the consequences of the Chinese invasion of Tibet continue down to this day. A lovely memoir of three generations of Tibetan women.”~ Oliver StoneThe journey of the refugee--Cuban, Vietnamese, Libyan, Darfurian, and in the old days of the Cold War, East German and Hungarian--has special resonance for Americans because this country has provided sanctuary for refugees as far back as its founding. The drama is that of life and death and survival in exile. This stunning memoir is vivid and compelling, a clear-eyed rendering of the experience. A must read."--Diane Wolff, author of Tibet Unconquered: An Epic Struggle for Freedom
"Yanzom Brauen recounts a gripping true story of her family and has kept alive the dreams of her grandmother."--Kehdroob Thondup, co-author of Dalai Lama, My Son
“A multi-generational saga stitched together from memories passed down from her grandmother, Yangzom Brauen's Across Many Mountains has the tragic, epic quality of Kenji Mizoguchi's cinematic masterpiece, The Life of Oharu. With unadorned prose that is both searing and laced with verisimilitude, Brauen has written a book centered on the extraordinary journey of her grandmother that is one of both human suffering and perseverance in the face of it. Across Many Mountains is nothing short of a celebration of the human spirit.”--Rex Pickett, author of Vertical and Sideways
“The story of Kunsang and Sonam and Yangzom touches my heart because it brings back memories of life in Old Tibet. It tells the world exactly what it means to be a Tibetan refugee who loves her homeland deeply but at the same time is capable of adapting to life in the Western World. The courage and integrity and endurance of Kunsang and Sonam are astounding. I thank Yangzom for telling their story. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to know about the real situation in Tibet.”--Arjia Rinpoche, Director, Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and author of Surviving the Dragon
"The experience of this family would actually be enough for more than three lives." --Abendzeitung
A Tibetan Family's Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom