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Aug 14, 2001
| ISBN 9780375705373
Oct 17, 2012
| ISBN 9780307828972
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Aug 14, 2001 | ISBN 9780375705373
Oct 17, 2012 | ISBN 9780307828972
From Naipaul’s India to the last days of Hong Kong, and from the ghosts of Pearl Harbor to Benazir Bhutto, Buruma delivers an engaging and incisive look at the ways East and West understand–and misunderstand–each other. At home in both worlds, Buruma traverses the realms of journalism, literary criticism, and political analysis, to examine the dialogue of fact and fantasy that affects our perception of far-away lands. Whether deconstructing the films of Satyajit Ray or the novels of Yoshimoto Banana, Buruma offers a splendid counterbalance to fashionable theories of clashing civilizations and uniquely Asian values. In twenty-five illuminating, often humorous essays, The Missionary and the Libertine shows us why Buruma’s reputation for writing the most compelling commentary on the faultlines of the East-West divide is so secure.
Ian Buruma teaches at Bard College. His books include A Tokyo Romance, Their Promised Land, Year Zero, The China Lover, Murder in Amsterdam, Occidentalism, God’s Dust, Behind the Mask, The Wages of Guilt, Bad Elements, and Taming the Gods.
“Trenchant and sophisticated…. Buruma evokes a rich panorama of East and West.”–The New York Times“Eclectic and intimate.”–Talk“Buruma has dizzying freewheeling powers of observation.”–Los Angeles Times
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