Thank you to Buddhist Fiction Blog reader David Jackson for providing this month’s post topic. David emailed me earlier in August to bring my attention to an annotated bibliography he wrote and made available on Academia.edu
Fictional Tibet: A Checklist of Novels, Stories and Other Works of Imagination Set in the Himalayas and Beyond by David Jackson has a preface by Ramon N. Prats.
Jackson’s introduction is well worth the read as he deftly contextualizes the Anglosphere in which these novels have been produced and consumed. He also lists his favourite novels in different categories, after presenting his three favourite novels of all time as storytelling benchmarks (these are not associated with Tibet or the Himalayas). Then Jackson lists his favourite Tibet-inspired novels and explains why he chose each one. But the pièce de résistance is the plethora of over 600 – yes you read that right – over 600 bibliographic references provided on works of fiction set in Tibet, the Himalayas and beyond.
You can read the tome here: https://www.academia.edu/50927321/Fictional_Tibet_with_Prats_16_Revised_Version
David has been asked to turn this bibliography into a book. I will happily announce its publication when the time comes. For now, I am amazed and so very grateful!