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Buruma, Ian

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Taming the gods : religion and democracy on three continents by Ian Buruma( )

24 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 1,953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

For eight years the president of the United States was a born-again Christian, backed by well-organized evangelicals who often seemed intent on erasing the church-state divide. In Europe, the increasing number of radicalized Muslims is creating widespread fear that Islam is undermining Western-style liberal democracy. And even in polytheistic Asia, the development of democracy has been hindered in some countries, particularly China, by a long history in which religion was tightly linked to the state. Ian Buruma is the first writer to provide a sharpeyed look at the tensions between religion and politics on three continents. Drawing on many contemporary and historical examples, he argues that the violent passions inspired by religion must be tamed in order to make democracy work. Comparing the United States and Europe, Buruma asks why so many Americans - and so few Europeans - see religion as a help to democracy. Turning to China and Japan, he disputes the notion that only monotheistic religions pose problems for secular politics. Finally, he reconsiders the story of radical Islam in contemporary Europe, from the case of Salman Rushdie to the murder of Theo van Gogh. Sparing no one, Buruma exposes the follies of the current culture war between defenders of "Western values" and "multiculturalists," and explains that the creation of a democratic European Islam is not only possible, but necessary.--Book jacket
Year zero : a history of 1945 by Ian Buruma( Book )

23 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history professor describes the events during the year World War II ended, beginning a new era of prosperity in America, rebirth and rebuilding in Europe, and the start of the Cold War era
The Wages of guilt : memories of war in Germany and Japan by Ian Buruma( Book )

57 editions published between 1994 and 2015 in English and held by 1,612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The legacy of World War II and the complicated and very different ways Germany and Japan have dealt with it
Occidentalism : the West in the eyes of its enemies by Ian Buruma( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 1,583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Twenty-five years after Edward Said's Orientalism, a whole field of study has developed to analyze and interpret the denigrating fantasies of the exotic "East" that sustained the colonial mind. But what about the fantasies of "the West" in the eyes of our self-proclaimed enemies? Those remain largely unexamined and, as Ian Buruma and Avishai Margalit argue, woefully misunderstood." "This investigation into the dreams and stereotypes of the Western world that fuel hatred in the hearts of Al Qaeda and its ilk argues that the origins of those dreams lie in the West itself. The anti-Western virus has found a ready host in the Islamic world for a number of reasons, but it is not native there. The West that these jihadis imagine themselves fighting is the same menace that has haunted the thoughts of revolutionary groups since the early nineteenth century. Occidentalism identifies its main oppositions - the timid, soft bourgeois versus the heroic revolutionary; the machine society versus the organically knit one of "blood and soil"; the sterile Western mind, all reason and no soul, versus the "inner life" of the spirit - and provides a new conceptual framework for understanding them, as we must to face the world's most pressing issues."--Jacket
Inventing Japan, 1853-1964 by Ian Buruma( Book )

30 editions published between 2003 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 1,379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 into an expansive military dictatorship that essentially supplanted the British, French, Dutch, and American empires in Asia before plunging to utter ruin, eventually emerging under American tutelage as a pseudo-Western-style democracy and economic dynamo. Japan has always been both particularly open to the importation of good ideas and particularly prickly about keeping their influence quarantined, a bipolar disorder that would have dramatic consequences and that continues to this day. If one book is to be read in order to understand why the Japanese seem so impossibly strange to many Americans, Inventing Japan is surely it
Murder in Amsterdam : the death of Theo van Gogh and the limits of tolerance by Ian Buruma( Book )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On a cold November day in Amsterdam, an angry young Muslim man, the son of Moroccan immigrants, killed celebrated and controversial Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, great-grandnephew of Vincent and iconic European provocateur, for making a movie that "blasphemed" Islam. The murder horrified quiet, complacent, prosperous Holland, a country that prides itself on being a bastion of tolerance, and sent shock waves across Europe and around the world. Ian Buruma returned to his native Netherlands to try to make sense of it all and to see what larger meaning should and shouldn't be drawn from this story. The result is a true-crime page-turner with the intellectual resonance we've come to expect from this well-regarded journalist and thinker: the exemplary tale of our age, the story of what happens when political Islam collides with the secular West and tolerance finds its limits.--From publisher description
Bad elements : Chinese rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing by Ian Buruma( Book )

30 editions published between 2001 and 2015 in English and Dutch and held by 950 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... Comes to terms with the range of dissident communities competing to shape China's future in their own image ... A profound meditation on the universal themes of national identity and political struggle."--Jacket
The China lover by Ian Buruma( Book )

24 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 940 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Buruma's reimagining of the life of Yamaguchi Yoshiko, a Japanese torn among patriotism for her parents, a homeland, worldly ambition, and sympathy for the Chinese, she would reflect almost exactly the twists and turns in the history of modern Japan
Behind the mask : on sexual demons, sacred mothers, transvestites, gangsters, drifters and other Japanese cultural heroes by Ian Buruma( Book )

24 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and Undetermined and held by 707 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Anglomania : a European love affair by Ian Buruma( Book )

23 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a blend of personal memoir and biographical portaits of European Anglophiles and Anglophobes, Ian Buruma examines what it is that continues to divide Britain from the European Continent, and Europe from the United States. Half Dutch, half British, and from a family of Anglo-German Jews, Buruma is the perfect loving, critical, satirical observer of Europe's often comical and sometimes deadly prejudices. The results is a clever portrait of Europeans, of England, and of the author himself
Glitter and doom : German portraits from the 1920s by Sabine Rewald( Book )

16 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 631 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overzicht van de Duitse portretkunst gedurende de periode 1919-1933
The last emperor( Visual )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 624 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The life of [Chinese] Emperor Pu Yi, who took the throne at age three, in 1908, before witnessing decades of cultural and political upheaval within and without the walls of the Forbidden City"--Container
The missionary and the libertine : love and war in East and West by Ian Buruma( Book )

28 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In these humorous and enlightening essays, Buruma describes the last days of Hong Kong, the showbiz politics of the Philippines, the chauvinism of the Seoul Olympics, the sinister genius of Lee Kuan Yew, the intricacies of Japanese sexuality, and much more."--Jacket
Yoidore tenshi = Drunken angel by Akira Kurosawa( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in Japanese and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. Sanada is an alcoholic, in part due to the despair that constantly assails him as he tries to keep the inhabitants of a post-World War II Tokyo slum as healthy as possible. Food and medical supplies are scarce, the neighborhood is around an open sewer, and the only place to buy medicines is the black market-- controlled by the Yakuza. Matsunaga, a young yakuza with a violent temper, seeks Sanada's help to remove a bullet from his hand, but Matsunaga's cough catches the doctor's attention. What follows is a wrestling match for Matsunaga's life. Will he follow Sanada's instructions and make the smart, healthy decision, or will he let the fabled yakuza code of honor destroy him?
A Japanese mirror : heroes and villains of Japanese culture by Ian Buruma( Book )

32 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in English and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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.' A Japanese Mirror examines samurai and gangsters, transvestites and goddesses to paint an eloquent picture of life in Japan. This is a country long shrouded in enigma and in his compelling book, Buruma reveals a culture rich in with poetry, beauty and wonder
The Japanese tattoo by Donald Richie( Book )

17 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in English and held by 336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theater of cruelty : art, film, and the shadows of war by Ian Buruma( Book )

6 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theater of Cruelty has three main themes that frequently overlap: war, film, and the visual arts. Many of the movies discussed are about war and violence, often related to World War II, and more specifically deal with the two nations that unleashed the war, Germany and Japan: why they did what they did, and how they came to terms with it afterward or didn't. Other essays in the collection, about the diaries of Harry Kessler and Anne Frank, the bombing of German cities, Japan's kamikaze pilots further explore these themes. Many of the artists discussed by Buruma were German or Japanese, including Max Beckmann, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Tsuguharu Foujita, as were the filmmakers Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, all of whom were affected in one way or another by fascism and its terrible consequences. Theater of Cruelty is less about war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in
Voltaire's coconuts, or, Anglomania in Europe by Ian Buruma( Book )

33 editions published between 1999 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Voltaire's Coconuts is a combination of history and biography which looks at how Europeans have been fascinated by all that it means to be English. Dutch by birth, Ian Buruma came to live in England in 1990 for the third time in his life and noticed a new mood of introspection. Englishness was a subject of endless discussion." "In this book Buruma examines these ideas about Englishness and what Europeans admired or loathed about Britain. Voltaire wondered why British laws could not be planted in France, or even Serbia, like the precious seeds of coconut trees. Karl Marx thought the English were too stupid to start a revolution; Goethe worshipped Shakespeare; Baron de Coubertin's idea of the modern Olympic Games was inspired by Tom Brown's Schooldays; Theodor Herzl's dream of the Jewish state was fuelled by his love of British aristocracy; and the German Kaiser was convinced that Britain was run by Jews." "Combining biographical stories of these European Anglophiles and Anglophobes with memories of his own Anglo-Dutch-German-Jewish family, Ian Buruma has found a wholly original way of describing the relationship between Britain and Europe."--BOOK JACKET
India : a mosaic( Recording )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 236 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How can we understand India today, fifty years after Independence and only months after its nuclear tests outraged the world? The novelist Arundhari Roy has written, especially for this collection, a fierce denunciation of the Indian nuclear program, which serves as an introduction to eight essays on India, all originally published in The New York Review of Books
The chrysanthemum and the sword : patterns of Japanese culture by Ruth Benedict( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This World War II-era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of Japan and that of the United States
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Occidentalism : the West in the eyes of its enemies
The Wages of guilt : memories of war in Germany and JapanOccidentalism : the West in the eyes of its enemiesInventing Japan, 1853-1964Murder in Amsterdam : the death of Theo van Gogh and the limits of toleranceBad elements : Chinese rebels from Los Angeles to BeijingThe China loverAnglomania : a European love affairGlitter and doom : German portraits from the 1920s
Alternative Names
Buruma I.

Buruma I. 1951-

Buruma, Jan 1951-

Būrūmā, Yān 1951-

Ian Buruma anglo-niederländischer Schriftsteller, Journalist und Kommentator

Ian Buruma Dutch writer and academic

Ian Buruma nederlanda verkisto kaj historiisto

Ian Buruma Nederlands journalist

Ian Buruma saggista e accademico olandese

Ioannes Buruma

Ίαν Μπορουμά

Иэн Бурума

Иэн Бурума 1951-

איאן בורומה עורך וחוקר בריטי-הולנדי

בורומה, יאן 1951-

یان بوروما ژورنالیست، نویسنده، و تاریخ‌نگار هلندی

바루마, 이언 1951-

부루마, 이안 1951-


ビュルマ, イアン

ブルマ, イアン


布衣 1951-

English (449)

Dutch (17)

Spanish (12)

German (5)

French (3)

Japanese (3)

Arabic (2)

Chinese (1)

Turkish (1)

Italian (1)

Polish (1)