From the Ruins of Empire : The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia
by Pankaj Mishra
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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Pankaj Mishra provocatively counts on how China, India and the Muslim World are remaking the world in their image, nominated for the 2013 Orwell AwardSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 ORWELL AwardViewed in the West as a moment of self-confidence progress, the Victorian period that was experienced by Asians as a disasterAs the British shot down the last heirs of the Mughal Empire or burned the Summer Palace in Beijing, it was clear that for Asia to recover a new way of thinking was neededPankaj Mishra re-tells the history of the last two centuries, showing how a remarkable, disparate group of thinkers, journalists, radicals and charismatics emerged from the ruins of the empire to create an unstoppable Asian Renaissance, one whose ideas are at the origin of everything, from the Chinese Communist Party to the Muslim Brotherhood, and have made our world what it is today.Comments:’Original inputthis penetrating and disturbing book should be on the reading list of the person who wants to understand where we are today” by John Gray, Independent “An interesting story that makes the new and illuminating connectionsdeeply playful and deeply humanist’ Hisham Matar’Fascinatinga rich and truly thought-provoking book Noel Malcolm, the Sunday Telegraph’Provocative, humiliating and convincing Michael Binyon, at La Fois Animéengagingretains the power of shock” Mark Mazower, Financial Times’ Subtle, learned and playful” of the Economist, of News DelhiAbout of the author:Pankaj Mishra is the author of Chicken Butter in Ludiana, The Romantics, An End to Suffering, and Temptations of the WestHe writes primarily for the Guardian, The New York Times, the London Review of Books and the New York Review of Books.He lives in London, Shimla and New York.
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