In April 2015, catastrophic earthquakes left Nepal devastated. Over 7,000 people lost their lives and more than twice as many were injured. Hundreds of thousands were made homeless and UNESCO World Heritage sites were destroyed. HOUSE OF SNOW is the biggest, most comprehensive and most beautiful collection of writing about Nepal in print. It includes over 50 excerpts of fiction and non-fiction inspired by the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of this fascinating country. Here are explorers and mountaineers, poets and political journalists, national treasures and international stars such as Michael Palin and Jon Krakauer, Laxmi Prasad Devkota and ManjushreeThapa - all hand-picked by well-known authors and scholars of Nepali literature including Samrat Upadhyay, Michael Hutt, Isabella Tree and Thomas Bell. All profits from sales will be donated to charities providing relief from the 2015 earthquakes.
'There has emerged a generation of intellectuals, activists and writers, committed to building a new kind of Nepal. It is to the credit of the editor of House of Snow that many of their names are represented in its pages ... If you want a book in English that tells you about Nepalese thinking, and gives a taste of the country's contemporary literature, you could hardly do better' 5 stars, The Daily Telegraph.
Samrat Upadhyay is a Nepali fiction author and Professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University. Thomas Bell is a non-fiction author and journalist. He covered the civil war in Nepal for the Daily Telegraph and The Economist. Isabella Tree is a travel writer, biographer and journalist. Her recent book Living Goddess was published by Penguin. Michael Hutt is Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies at SOAS.