Tibet, minéral animal - Vincent Munier


Vincent Munier takes us on the trail of the snow panther. Finding it is a grail for many travelers. His enchanting quest: you have to break
your eyes on the rock, on the snow, on the back of each mountain to hope to see it. And meet, hopefully, the other inhabitants of the majestic Tibetan plateau:
tiny pikas, big raptors, Tibetan foxes, rare wild yacks, amazing Pallas cats, herds of donkeys kiangs…

Sylvain Tessonaccompanied him on his last trip in February 2018 and lent him his pen for the first time. Previously, he travelled to Central Asia and the Himalayas on several occasions. A geographer by training, journalist and travel writer, he divided his life between long-distance expeditions, writing and making adventure documentaries. His book In Siberian Forests (Gallimard) won the Medici Essay Prize in 2011 and was adapted in a movie. This book is accompanied by a black and white travel journal, Tibet, promesse de l’invisible (sold separately and available here).

Text languages: French only.

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She stands there, lying at the foot of the cliff, present and invisible, discreetly dominating.
Her dress is speckled with ivory and dust.
Patches of mother-of-pearl, shadows of obsidian, tears of gold.
The sky and the earth, day and night are melted in its coat.
The bezel is pointed at his body but the eye takes a moment to discern him.
The mind is slow to accept what it did not expect.
It’s hard to see what he doesn’t know.
Our reason, all of a sudden, understands that the beast is standing there, right in the face.
The landscape, by a strange optical illusion, seems to disappear entirely in its body.
It is no longer the panther that is camouflaged in the landscape,
but the world that has been incorporated into it.

Sylvain Tesson



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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 300 × 240 mm
Langues des textes

French only.


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