From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia

By Pankaj Mishra

A Financial Times and The Economist top publication of the yr and a New York Times e-book overview Editors' Choice


A little greater than a century in the past, autonomous thinkers throughout Asia sought to border a special highbrow culture that might encourage the continent's upward push to dominance. but this didn't come to move, and at the present time these thinkers―Tagore, Gandhi, and later Nehru in India; Liang Qichao and sunlight Yat-sen in China; Jamal al-Din al-Afghani and Abdurreshi al Ibrahim of the Ottoman Empire―are obvious as outsiders in the major anticolonial culture. yet as Pankaj Mishra demonstrates during this spell binding portrait of like minds, Asia's rebellion opposed to the West isn't the one led by way of faith-fired terrorists and thwarted peasants; particularly, it truly is rooted within the principles of those as soon as well known intellectuals. Now, whilst the ascendency of Asia turns out attainable as by no means ahead of, From the Ruins of Empire is as useful because it is timely―a e-book imperative to our figuring out of the realm and our position in it.

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Other than Tagore what different voice of India will we listen? ’19 Tagore’s lengthy white beard and extreme gaze made him seem like a few form of prophet from the East. Receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1968, the japanese novelist Yasunari Kawabata recalled the positive aspects and visual appeal of this sage-like poet, together with his lengthy hairy hair, lengthy moustache and beard, status tall in loose-flowing Indian clothing, and with deep, piercing eyes.

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