Title: – Samsara
Author: – David Abramczyk
Pages: – 432
Edition: – 2013
Language: – English
Bound: – Soft Cover(pocket)
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Jupiter, an American drifter down on his luck, finds himself wrapped around the finger of a retired French heroin smuggler. Circumstance quickly leads him across the globe to Central Asia, searching for clues to the smuggler’s secret. He lands headfirst in Nepal, a country still reeling from civil war, and is befriended by Maya, a British diplomat’s daughter with connections and attitude. Before Jupiter can get his bearings, Jack, the last remnant of the heroin ring, surfaces unexpectedly. On a dimly lit back street they clash with one of Kathmandu’s fiercest gangs. Suddenly the trio is on the run, making their way for the remote border of Western Nepal with the gang members in hot pursuit. They appear to flee from the gang, only to be picked up by another mysterious tracker. Survival becomes vital as they climb higher into the Himalayas, battling the elements and danger at every turn. Seeking refuge in a Buddhist monastery, the true meaning of Samsara begins to unfold, becoming more apparent as they toil towards the pass that will lead them into India and possible safety. Buddhist themes and symbols reverberate throughout their journey, illustrating mankind’s struggle and acceptance of suffering.
Samsara details the tragic historical events surrounding the resistance movement of the Tibetan Freedom Fighters, a band of brave soldiers who fought against Chinese occupation of Tibet for over fifteen years. Trained in secrecy at US army bases through a covert CIA operation, they eventually established a base in Mustang, an isolated kingdom in the far reaches of Nepal. Initially their support began to turn the tide in Tibet’s favor, but after years of dedication an abrupt shift in political climate suddenly left the Tibetan guerillas abandoned. When juxtaposed against current US policy, it echoes an all too familiar precedent. This novel is a commemoration of their remarkable yet heartbreaking tale.