Ian Buruma was educated in Holland and Japan. He has spent many years in Asia, which he has written about in God’s Dust, A Japanese Mirror and Behind the Mask. His other books include Playing the Game, The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania and Year Zero. Currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Institute for the Humanities in Washington DC, he writes frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker and The FT.
In his book, Occidentalism, Ian Buruma shows that the dehumanising picture of the West painted by its enemies is not a new phenomenon, though it cannot be attributed solely to either the right or left, nor to an Islamic source.
Buruma discussed with authors Ziauddin Sardar and Jon Ronson how these longstanding stereotypes fuel the hatred at the heart of movements such as Al Qaeda. They also explored the links between anti-American, anti- Western and antisemitic ideas.
Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War
Having inherited a cache of thousands of letters between his grandparents, Ian Buruma, author of Year Zero, has interwoven his voice with theirs to bring to life a remarkable sixty-year marriage that survived many shocks and the span of two world wars. In Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War, Buruma pays homage to achievements that included helping twelve Jewish children to escape Nazi Germany and find new lives in Britain. His spellbin...