Published by Niyogi Books, WHITE CRANE, LEND ME YOUR WINGS: A TIBETAN TALE OF LOVE AND WAR is a posthumous novel by Dr. Tsewang Yishey Pemba, the founding father of Tibetan-English literature.
The novel delves into themes such as tradition versus modernity, individual choice and freedom, the nature of governance, the role of religion in people's lives, the inevitability of change, and the importance of human values such as loyalty and compassion.
Dr Pemba had written the first Tibetan-English novel, Idols on the Path (1966), and an autobiography, Young Days in Tibet (1957), in English. He passed away on 26 November 2011.
"There were no additions made and nor was there a lot of editing. It was published as my father meant it to be read. In that respect we were very lucky with Niyogi Books," says the late author's daughter Diwo Lhamo Pemba who's a poet herself.
"The story is about friendship that two boys share that transcends all cultural influences such as race, religion and mindset. Instead they are both driven by very simple every day values that ordinary people live by. There is the happiness that friends experience as they share things—things boys do together such as hunting, riding, playing cop and bandit, peer dominance, etc," she added.