Missionary and the Libertine Love and War in East and West

ISBN-10: 0375705376
ISBN-13: 9780375705373
Edition: N/A
Authors: Ian Buruma
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/14/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

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 is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Democracy, Human Rights, and Journalism at Bard College. His many books include "Anglomania" (Random House), "Inventing Japan" (Modern Library), and "Murder in Amsterdam" (Penguin), which won a "Los Angeles Times" Book Award. He is a regular contributor to many publications, including the "New York Review of Books", the "New Yorker", the "Guardian", and the "Financial Times".

Introduction: The Missionary and the Libertine
Mishima Yukio: The Suicidal Dandy
Oshima Nagisa: Japanese Sex
Tanizaki Junichiro: The Art of Cruelty
Yoshimoto Banana: Pink Dreams
Edward Seidensticker: An American in Tokyo
Wilfred Thesiger: Wilfred of Arabia
Baden-Powell: Boys Will Be Boys
Louis Couperus: The Eurasians of the Dutch East Indies
Satyajit Ray: The Last Bengali Renaissance Man
Nirad C. Chaudhuri: Citizen of the British Empire
Mircea Eliade: Bengal Nights
V. S. Naipaul's India
Bhutto's Pakistan
St. Cory and the Evil Rose
The Bartered Bride
The Seoul Olympics
The Last Days of Hong Kong
Ghosts of Pearl Harbor
The War over the Bomb
We Japanese
Samurai of Swat
Americainerie
Wake Up, America
Looking East
The Nanny Sate of Asia
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