Tharlo
Short Story and Film Script by Pema Tseden
Pema Tseden. Translated by Jessica Yeung. Edited with critical introduction by Jessica Yeung and Wai-ping Yau
September 2017
272 pages
5.5" x 8.25", illustrations throughout
HK$230 (Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, and Taiwan only)
US$30 (Other Countries)
Paperback 978-988-77238-3-7

The story of a Tibetan shepherd who is pulled from the security of his mountain flock into a harsh and alien urban world. Imaginatively adapted for the big screen from his short story (2012) by the author-director himself, the film version of Tharlo (2015) represents Pema Tseden’s greatest cinematic achievement to date, and has garnered numerous international prizes.

Pema Tseden is a native Tibetan fiction writer, film director and literary translator. He was born in the Amdo Tibetan region in 1969, and was the first Tibetan graduate of the prestigious Beijing Film Academy. His films, including The Silent Holy Stones, The Search, Old Dog, and Tharlo, have established a strong presence for him as a cutting-edge auteur on the international film circuit. Jessica Yeung is Associate Professor of Translation at Hong Kong Baptist University. Yeung has published widely on Chinese and Hong Kong literature and arts, including the works of Gao Xingjian, Yan Lianke, Zhang Chengzhi, Pema Tseden, Danny Yung and Chiu-yu Mok. She is also a translator for the theatre and the cinema. Wai-ping Yau is Associate Professor of Translation at Hong Kong Baptist University. Yau has published widely on Hong Kong and Chinese cinemas and literature, including works by Stanley Kwan, Wong Kar-wai, Pema Tseden, and Tashi Dawa. He is also a literary translator of works by writers including Hong Kong’s Dung Kai-cheung.