Age of Anger : A History of the Present
by Pankaj Mishra
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Urgently, deeply and very timelythrows light on our contemporary difficult situation, when the neglected and dispossessed from all over the world suddenly grew up to transform the world, we thought we knew John BanvilleHow can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatred that seem to be inescapable in our welded world – from the American “shooters” and ISIS to prevail, of an increase in revengeIn the Age of Wrath, Pankaj Mishra responds to our amazement by looking back at the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present.It shows that the world has become modern, those who have been unable to fulfill its promises – freedom, stability and prosperity – were increasingly sensitive to demagogues.The number who arrived late to this new world or were left, or pushed, behind, reacted in horribly similar way: intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and autonomy, through spectacular violence.It was among the ranks of dissatisfied that militants of the 19th century posed themselves – angry young men, who became cultural nationalists in Germany, revolutionary messianic in Russia, chauvinist warriors in Italy and terrorist anarchists abroad.Today, as at the time, the whole of mass embrace, politics, technology, and the pursuit of wealth and individualism, has thrown several more millions adrift in a literally disgusting world, deviating from tradition but still far from modernity, with the same horrific resultsMaking surprising connections and comparisons, the Age of Collegiate Collegiality.It is a story of our present difficulties unlike any other.
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