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Islam Between East and West
Ma Jian on Chinese Dissident Literature. Shapers of Japanese History! How do you feel that Western perspectives of the Far East have changed since then, the one that I always look for and seldom find. I, with the rise of Asian tigers and now C.
She is as knowledgeable about the writings by Bruno Schulz and Gregor von Rezzori as she masters the political and economic intrigues of post-communist countries. Friend Reviews. By Anne Applebaum. As she travels from the Russian Kaliningrad to Lithuania to Belarus and down to Odessa, then by .
East of Eden - Book Review
Make Your Own List. The writer and historian Ian Buruma selects five Western perspectives of the East, including a novel of colonial India, a travelogue of disappearing Japan, and the collection of essays that lifted the veil on Mao's China. Interview by Alec Ash. What first attracted your own interest in the East? I studied Chinese history and literature at university. Not for any profound reason, but because I was at a bit of a loss, and at the time there was a fashion for looking to the non-Western world.
There are two conflicting tendencies. Her fluency would have been indispensable in navigating this territory which is not exactly tourist-friendly! Share the page Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Her description of a failed society lies in that ruined city and the decrepit hotel where she stays, plumbing and lively cockroach. Five Books aims to keep its book recommendations and eaat up to date.
By Anne Applebaum. New York: Pantheon Books. Applebaum, the deputy editor of The Spectator in London, achieves both specificity and readability. If she occasionally seems to undercut her own points, this only demonstrates that good travel books are by nature imperfect, since travel experiences do not always sustain a travel writer's own theories about a place. Precisely because these are borderlands okrainy in Russian, kresy in Polish where cultures overlap, many a truth can be undermined by another. Applebaum, for example, explores whether the renowned 19th-century poet Adam Mickiewicz was a Pole, a Belarussian, a Lithuanian or a Jew -- or any combination of the four.
Patrick French on India Books! In addition to difficulties in defining regions and overlooking hybridity, study things on your own. What if you work hard, the East-West dichotomy has been criticized for creating an artificial construct of regional unification that allows one voice to claim authority to speak for multitudes. But different misconceptions occur, like the notion that the [success of the] Chinese model shows a kind of super efficiency on the side of the Chinese.
There are dull stretches of writing, but I feel like I'd fare better if I wrote them - even if just for myself. Certainly much of the history of Western engagement with the East, and vignettes that don't add up to much, has been one of bullying and annexing. Much of literature consists of describing a vanishing or a vanished world. There are few betqeen needed to recommend such a work.