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Manjushree Thapa


Manjushree Thapa was born in 1968 in Kathmandu but grew up in Canada and the United States. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. She then returned to Nepal, writing a travelogue and working on various development projects. She returned to the United States where she took an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her first novel was her thesis. Her best-known book, Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy, was published just before the military coup in Nepal in 2005.

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1992 Mustang Bhot in Fragments (travel)
2001 The Tutor of History (novel)
2003 A Translation Manual to Bring English Literature to Nepali Readers
2005 Forget Kathmandu: An Elegy for Democracy (politics)
2009 Tilled Earth (stories)
2009 The Country is Yours: Contemporary Nepali Literature (literature)
2009 A Boy from Siklis: The Life and Times of Chandra Gurung (biography)
2010 Seasons of Flight (novel)
2011 The Lives We Have Lost: Essays & Opinions on Nepal
2016 All of Us in Our Own lives