In this post I offer links to one memoir and two works of Buddhist fiction. I hesitated listing the memoir, Turtle Feet by Nikolai Grozni, since it is clearly a different genre than fiction. Of course, fiction is not all untruth, and non-fiction is not all truth. Even in some ethnography, there is a fine, blurred line between fiction and non-fiction. But what really helped me make the decision was Grozni’s caveat in the front matter of the book:
“Some things pertaining to time and space have been changed. Some names and identifying details have been changed. It is important to bear in mind, however, that most Buddhists regard time, space, names and identifying details as nonexistent.”
While I’m not sure that I agree with Grozni’s generalization of most Buddhists’ ontological orientation, I like the fact that he is willing to blur lines and genres. So without further ado, I offer the following suggestions for your reading pleasure.
Turtle Feet by Nikolai Grozni (2009).
Buddhist Fiction Blog Contributing Editor Chris Beal has written an insightful review of this memoir on goodreads, which you can read here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/348781045
The Kosambi Intrigue by Susan Carol Stone (2012).
Prunella Smith: Worlds Within Worlds by Tahlia Newlands (2014).