Temptations of the West

How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Beyond by Pankaj Mishra

  • Published: Oct 11, 2020

A vivid, often surprising account of South Asia today by the author of An End to Suffering In his new book, Pankaj Mishra brings literary authority and political insight to bear on travels that are at once epic and personal. Traveling in the changing... read more

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Details of Temptations of the West

Exact title of the book
Temptations of the West
Book author
Pankaj Mishra
ISBN
9781429954648
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Jun 12, 2007
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
336
File size (in PDF)
3024 kB

Some brief overview of book

A vivid, often surprising account of South Asia today by the author of An End to Suffering In his new book, Pankaj Mishra brings literary authority and political insight to bear on travels that are at once epic and personal. Traveling in the changing cultures of South Asia, Mishra sees the pressuresthe temptationsof Western-style modernity and prosperity, and teases out the paradoxes of globalization. A visit to Allahabad, birthplace of Jawaharlal Nehru, occasions a brief history of the tumultuous post-independence politics Nehru set in motion.

In Kashmir, just after the brutal killing of thirtyfive Sikhs, Mishra sees Muslim guerrillas playing with Sikh village children while the media ponder a (largely irrelevant) visit by President Clinton. And in Tibet Mishra exquisitely parses the situation whereby the Chinese governmentofficially atheist and strongly opposed to a free Tibethas discovered that Tibetan Buddhism can "be packaged and sold to tourists." Temptations of the West is a book concerned with history still in the makingessential reading about a conflicted and rapidly changing region.

About author

MISHRA was born in north India in 1969. He is the author of An End to Suffering and The Romantics (which won the Los Angeles Times's Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction) and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books.

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