Search Results: "Ian Buruma"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 2001

"Good reading for students of China and world politics."
A global look at the movements, great and small, that keep the Central Committee awake at night. Read full book review >

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INVENTING JAPAN by Ian Buruma
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 11, 2003

"A highly nuanced explanation of how a hybrid national polity and culture was created."
Cool, informed historical primer from journalist-novelist Buruma (The Missionary and the Libertine, 2000, etc.), tracing Japan from its opening to the West in 1853 through its transformation into a militaristic state to its reemergence as a peaceful, pacifistic host of the 1964 Olympics. Read full book review >

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THEIR PROMISED LAND by Ian Buruma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"The author shapes his family's labor of a lifetime into a scintillating work of art."
A prizewinning historian recounts his German-Jewish family's time in England during the most turbulent years of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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YEAR ZERO by Ian Buruma
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2013

"An authoritative, illuminating history/memoir."
Insightful meditation on the world's emergence from the wreckage of World War II. Read full book review >

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PLAYING THE GAME by Ian Buruma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"An ambitious but disappointing debut."
A first novel from Buruma (Behind the Mask, 1984; God's Dust, 1989)—superficially about that most British of games, cricket, and one of its legendary players, but also a somewhat self-conscious and awkward meditation on nationality and cultural identity. Read full book review >

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Released: June 1, 1989

"Fascinatingly detailed, but confusingly organized and already partially outdated—the downfall of Marcos and the 1988 Burma riots have superseded the text."
In 1986, Buruma (Behind the Mask, 1984) visited Burma, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan. Read full book review >

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THE CHINA LOVER by Ian Buruma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2008

"Ri's incessant networking question—is someone 'knowable?'—applies mainly to herself in this absorbing but decidedly un-novelistic portrayal of cross-cultural adventurers."
An enigmatic real-life Sino-Japanese film star, Ri Koran, remains a cipher after three self-absorbed narrators fail to illuminate her, in the latest from Buruma (Journalism/Bard Coll.; Murder in Amsterdam, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2006

"A troubling description and analysis of what can happen when cultures collide."
The author of several searching books on current political issues (Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies, 2004, etc.) ruminates on religion, culture and the rule of law. Read full book review >

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Released: April 26, 1984

"But with the same few, stereotypical points made over and over."
Lots about the difference between Japanese Buddhist aristocratic culture and Shinto popular culture—with examples from films, plays, novels, prostitution—pegged, indeed chained, to the familiar idea that "hedonism is held in check by social taboos." I.e., "what one sees on the screen, on stage and in comic-books is usually precisely the reverse of normal behavior. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1994

"All in all, a thoughtful, patiently assembled book that probes carefully and with moral toughness into precisely those painful truths."
As in God's Dust (1989), Buruma takes a psychological and cultural voyage into nationalism, guilt, and self-delusion — in this case, of two of WW II's defeated Axis powers. Read full book review >

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THEATER OF CRUELTY by Ian Buruma
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A unique intelligence encounters the uniqueness of art and culture, and readers are the beneficiaries."
Buruma (Human Rights and Journalism/Bard Coll.; Year Zero: A History of 1945, 2013, etc.) presents a series of essays on a variety of cultural subjects— simmering below all: war and destruction. Read full book review >

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THE MISSIONARY AND THE LIBERTINE by Ian Buruma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Informative and entertaining perspectives on Asia."
In this scattershot collection, Buruma (Anglomania, 1999, etc.) examines a wide range of cultural, sensual, and destructive encounters between East and West and the gross, subtle, and sometimes violent ways in which Orient and Occident have misunderstood and changed each other. Read full book review >