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Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond

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In Temptations of the West, Pankaj Mishra brings literary authority and political insight to bear on journeys through South Asia, and considers the pressures of Western-style modernity and prosperity on the region. Beginning in India, his examination takes him from the realities of Bollywood stardom, to the history of Jawaharlal Nehru's post-independence politics. In Kashmir, he reports on the brutal massacre of thirty-five Sikhs, and its intriguing local aftermath. And in Tibet, he exquisitely parses the situation whereby the atheist Chinese government has discovered that Tibetan Buddhism can be "packaged and sold to tourists." Temptations of the West is essential reading about a conflicted and rapidly changing region of the world.

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In his new book, Mishra brings literary authority and political insight to bear on travels that are at once epic and personal as he sees the pressures of Western-style modernity, prosperity, and globalization on a rapidly changing region.

About the Author

Pankaj Mishra is the author of the novel The Romantics, and An End to Suffering. His writing frequently appears in the The New York Review of Books, Granta, and London's Times Literary Supplement. He lives in London and India.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312426415
Author:
Mishra, Pankaj
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Asia - India & South Asia
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Asia - India
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
South Asia Description and travel.
Subject:
South Asia Civilization.
Subject:
Travel-India
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 in

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