"Fascinating . . . Pankaj Mishra's travels are interwoven with pungent commentary on modern politics in South Asia. . . . This is not a gentle book, but it is a brave one."--The New York Times Book Review
"A set of probing essays about strife and sorrow in volatile South Asia . . . Unusually insightful and eloquent, Mishra deftly deciphers forces political, religious, and economic."--Booklist
"An insightful new book that blends journalism, travel writing, memoir, and sharp political commentary."--The Miami Herald
From Bollywood stars in Bombay worrying whether they are sexy enough to a heroin addict in Pakistan mocking jihad; from Indian mafia dons with political ambitions to Afghans waiting for American benevolence; from Kashmiri Muslims longing for democracy to Tibetan Buddhists fighting to preserve religion in politics "Temptations of the West" is a travel book unlike any other. In a narrative as revealing as it is profound, Pankaj Mishra's new book dissolves the old boundaries between East and West, challenging every romantic cliche about the conflicts and dilemmas at the heart of the modern world. 'Mishra offers a compelling blend of memoir, narrative history, politics, religion and philosophy. Thoughtful, intelligent and rigorous, this is a deep, insightful study of the very notion of modernity.' - "Observer". 'Mishra is a precise observer and a subtle analyst, keener to understand than to blame ...In a thousand details such as the grimace he catches on the face of a sycophantic businessman as a politician's bodyguard rinses curry-stained hands in his swimming pool he salutes humanity's paradoxes and wit.' - "The Economist". 'Wonderful.
The narrative is interspersed with sophisticated cultural commentary ...and, if anything, the point of this important book is to collapse fallacious distinctions between East and West' - "Conde Nast Traveller".
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