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Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond

by Pankaj Mishra
£8.99   paperback  Pan Macmillan (2007)

Temptations of the West: How to Be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond by Pankaj Mishra An engrossing account of Pankaj Mishra’s journeys – both geographical and intellectual – through the modern world.
 
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 cliché 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)

ISBN 13: 9780330434683 | ISBN 10: 0330434683