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Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma was educated in Holland and Japan. He has spent many years in Asia, which he has written about in God's DustA Japanese Mirror, and Behind the Mask. He has also written Playing the GameThe Wages of Guilt, and Anglomania. Buruma is currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Institute for the Humanities in Washington, DC.

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Written by Ian Buruma
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2000
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70536-6 (0-375-70536-8)

"Imaginative, original--wittily written."--The Washington Post Book World

To some, England has long represented tolerance, reason, and political moderation. To others, it is a moribund bastion of snobbery and outdated tradition. In this lively and diverting social history, noted author Ian Buruma, himself the son of Dutch immigrants to England, provides an incisive... Read more

Bad Elements
Written by Ian Buruma
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2003
$15.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-78136-3 (0-679-78136-6)

Who speaks for China? Is it the old men of the politbureau or an activist like Wei Jingshsheng, who spent eighteen years in prison for writing a democratic manifesto? Is China’s future to be found amid the boisterous sleaze of an electoral campaign in Taiwan or in the maneuvers by which... Read more

The China Lover
Written by Ian Buruma
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2009
$16.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311608-0 (0-14-311608-8)

From Shanghai before and during the Second World War to U.S. occupied Tokyo, and, finally, to the Middle East in the early 1970s, Ian Buruma's masterful novel about the intoxicating power of collective fantasy follows three star-struck men driven to extraordinary acts by their devotion to the same legendary woman. A... Read more

Inventing Japan
Written by Ian Buruma
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2004
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7286-3 (0-8129-7286-4)

In a single short book as elegant as it is wise, Ian Buruma makes sense of the most fateful span of Japan’s history, the period that saw as dramatic a transformation as any country has ever known. In the course of little more than a hundred years from the day Commodore... Read more

The Missionary and the Libertine
Written by Ian Buruma
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2001
$19.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70537-3 (0-375-70537-6)

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... Read more

Murder in Amsterdam
Written by Ian Buruma
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2007
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-311236-5 (0-14-311236-8)

A revelatory look at what happens when political Islam collides with the secular West

Ian Buruma's Murder in Amsterdam is a masterpiece of investigative journalism, a book with the intimacy and narrative control of a crime novel and the analytical brilliance for which Buruma is renowned. On a cold November... Read more

Written by Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | March 2005
$15.00/17.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-303487-2 (0-14-303487-1)

Twenty-five years ago, Edward Said's Orientalism spawned a generation of scholarship on the denigrating and dangerous mirage of "the East" in the Western colonial mind. But "the West" is the more dangerous mirage of our own time, Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit argue, and the idea of "the West" in the... Read more

Their Promised Land
Written by Ian Buruma
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | January 2017
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310995-2 (0-14-310995-2)

A family history of surpassing beauty and power: Ian Buruma’s account of his grandparents’ enduring love through the terror and separation of two world wars

During the almost six years England was at war with Nazi Germany, Winifred and Bernard Schlesinger, Ian Buruma’s grandparents, and the film director John Schlesinger's parents, were...

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A Tokyo Romance
Written by Ian Buruma
Penguin Press | Hardcover | March 2018
$26.00/35.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-98141-2 (1-101-98141-5)

A classic memoir of self-invention in a strange land: Ian Buruma's unflinching account of his amazing journey into the heart of Tokyo's underground culture as a young man in the 1970's

When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, Japan was little more than an idea in his mind, a fantasy of... Read more

Year Zero
Written by Ian Buruma
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | September 2014
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312597-6 (0-14-312597-4)

A marvelous global history of the pivotal year 1945 as a new world emerged from the ruins of World War II

Year Zero is a landmark reckoning with the great drama that ensued after war came to an end in 1945. One world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning... Read more