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  • Their Promised Landby Ian Buruma

    Atlantic Books 2016; US$ 18.94

    <p>Ian Buruma's maternal grandparents, Bernard and Winifred (Bun & Win), wrote to each other regularly throughout their life together. The first letters were written in 1915, when Bun was still at school at Uppingham and Win was taking music lessons in Hampstead. They were married for more than sixty years, but the heart of their remarkable... more...

  • Anglomaniaby Ian Buruma

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 14.00

    "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 To others, it is a moribund bastion of snobbery and outdated tradition.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,... more...

  • Anglomaniaby Ian Buruma

    Atlantic Books 2015; US$ 11.99

    With its distinctive history of civil liberties and the delicate balance between social order and the free pursuit of self-interest, England has always fascinated its continental neighbours. Buruma examines the history of ideas of Englishness and what Europeans have admired (or loathed) in England across the centuries. Voltaire wondered why British... more...

  • Bad Elementsby Ian Buruma

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2002; US$ 15.00

    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 ordinary residents of Beijing quietly resist the authority of... more...

  • Bad Elementsby Ian Buruma

    Atlantic Books 2015; US$ 11.99

    Who speaks for China? Is it the old men of the politburo or activists like Wei Jingshsheng, who spent eighteen years in prison for writing a emocratic manifesto? Is China's future to be fund amid the boisterous sleaze of an electoral cmpaign in Taiwan, or in the manoeuvres by which ordinary residents of Beijing quietly resist the authority of the... more...

  • The China Loverby Ian Buruma

    Atlantic Books 2014; US$ 10.99

    When Sidney Vanoven is sent to occupied Japan, in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, it is his dream posting. By day, he works in the censor's office watching Japanese films; at night he immerses himself in the sensual pleasures of Tokyo. His job leads him into the circle of the beautiful film star Shirley Yamaguchi, a passionate and... more...

  • Conversations with John Schlesingerby Ian Buruma

    Random House Publishing Group 2007; US$ 14.95

    ?I like the surprise of the curtain going up, revealing what?s behind it.? ?John Schlesinger The British director John Schlesinger was one of the cinema?s most dynamic and influential artists. Now, in Conversations with John Schlesinger , acclaimed writer Ian Buruma, Schlesinger?s nephew, reveals the director?s private world in a series of in-depth... more...

  • Inventing Japanby Ian Buruma

    Random House Publishing Group 2003; US$ 16.00

    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 Matthew Perry arrived in his black ships, this insular, preindustrial realm mutated... more...

  • A Japanese Mirrorby Ian Buruma

    Atlantic Books 2015; US$ 14.57

    &lt;p&gt;In this scintillating book, Ian Buruma peels away the myths that surround Japanese culture. With piercing analysis of cinema, theatre, television, art and legend, he shows the Japanese both 'as they imagine themselves to be, and as they would like themselves to be.'&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;i&gt;A Japanese Mirror&lt;/i&gt;... more...

  • The Missionary and the Libertineby Ian Buruma

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2012; US$ 19.00

    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... more...