BHUTAN: Hidden Lands of Happiness


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Bhutan: Hidden Lands of Happiness
(New Edition; Softcover)
John Wehrheim

 

Reviews: “…brilliant photographs and evocative text. I can’t imagine a better portrait of this amazing country.” – Paul Theroux

Reviews: “Beautiful book . . . The photographs are fine and the text is full of good detail, lively and intriguing and well-written…” – Peter Matthiessen

BHUTAN: Hidden Lands of Happiness by John Wehrheim, now a revised and updated edition in new, softcover format – beautiful black-and-white portraits of Bhutan unlike any other book with lively texts exploring the lives in Bhutan. Wehrheim guided the reader through the districts of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gasa, Laya, Lunana, Wangdi, Bumthang and Trongsa, revealing remote hot springs and isolated hermitages and ends in the streets and nightclubs of the country’s capital, Thimphu Town. This book is now a classic – a time capsule of the fast-changing decade in Bhutan.

Tibetan folksongs sometimes sing of beyul—hidden lands that can only be seen by those of pure heart and mind. Tucked into the towering peaks and steeply forested valleys of the Eastern Himalayas, the Bhutanese believe their country to be such a place.

Bhutan: Hidden Lands of Happiness is a geographical and cultural passage from the yak pastures along the Tibetan border to the rice lands in central Bhutan. Guiding the reader through the districts of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Gasa, Laya, Lunana, Wangdi, Bumthang and Trongsa, the book reveals remote hot springs and isolated hermitages and ends in the streets and nightclubs of the country’s capital, Thimphu Town. 108 black and white images narrated with stories, journal entries, folklore, dharma teachings and oral history create a portal across centuries. Clear, skillfully composed and rich in depth and detail, these flawless images illustrate an intimate tale of Bhutan told by an artist who is deeply familiar with his subject.

 

 SPECIFICATIONS  Softcover
 Language: English
 ISBN-13: 978-1932476-51-4
 Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
                                      250 x 250 mm
 Color: Fully illustrated in color
Published: July 2011

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