The 14th Dalai Lama:
A Manga Biography
ABOUT THE BOOK
A new way of getting to know one of the world’s most beloved spiritual leaders. Featuring a charmingly illustrated format that will appeal to readers of all ages, this unique biography is an ideal introduction to the leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Born in 1935 to a peasant family in a small village, Tenzin Gyatso was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. In 1950, His Holiness assumed full political power when China invade Tibet-a tragedy that forever changed him and shaped his efforts on behalf of world peace, for which he was award the Nobel Peace Prize. This graphic novel is an appealing and approachable depiction of the life and personality of an iconic figure. Manga is the Japanese word for comics
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tetsu Saiwai is a manga artist from Japan, where he lives with his wife and dogs.
A reader posted this review on amazon.com, and I agree totally, so here it is:
With a body of work spanning 20 years, Tetsu’s main interests as far as topics for his mangas go are human rights and environmental issues.
Tetsu took his inspiration for the storyline from Scorsese’s “Kundun” and His Holiness’ book “Freedom In Exile.” If you’ve seen and or read the two titles, you will see where the similarities are. Heinrich Harrer, the main focus of the movie “Seven Years In Tibet”, makes an appearance in the manga as well.
For those that are looking for a cut through the bull, and brief, explanation of how His Holiness was found, and what he went through as a child, than “The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography” will definitely do so. It also boils down the brutal takeover of Tibet by the Chinese Communist machine. I enjoyed how Tetsu was able to create certain emotions in his characters, which followed the storyline very well.
I am grateful that Testu has written/ created such a graphic novel. I think this manga may help people truly understand what Tibetans have been fighting for, and what was taken away from them. I believe “The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography” is an enlightening, yet fun, biography about one of the most important people of our time.
We all know his name, but how many of us really know who the Dalai Lama is? Do we all know where he came from, and how he came to be what he is today? No, I don’t think everyone does. So again, I applaud Tetsu for taking this story on and making His Holiness accessible to everyone.
“The 14th Dalai Lama: A Manga Biography” is a quick, yet enjoyable read. I’d recommend it to anyone who is curious about His Holiness and Tibet, for those that are fans of non-fiction mangas or for anyone who truly enjoys graphic artistry. Highly recommended!
WHY I LOVED THIS BOOK
This was my first manga, and I was glad to see that this genre can be used for non-fiction, without crazy violent drawings. The emotions were well depicted.
I had just watched Kundun, so it was fun having the manga version of the movie.
It is a great way to introduce very serious topics to people who may not have been taught the patience to read a book with a classic format.
It is published by Penguin. They look like very smart publishers: now publishing mangas, and even classics in Arabic language.
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