Ian Buruma

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Buruma is a nephew of the English film director John Schlesinger
John Schlesinger
John Richard Schlesinger, CBE was an English film and stage director and actor.-Early life:Schlesinger was born in London into a middle-class Jewish family, the son of Winifred Henrietta and Bernard Edward Schlesinger, a physician...

, a series of interviews with whom he published in book form.


  • The Japanese Tattoo (1980) with Donald Richie
    Donald Richie
    Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema. Although he considers himself only a writer, Richie has directed many experimental films, the first when he was 17...

     ISBN 978-0-8348-0228-5
  • Behind the Mask: On Sexual Demons, Sacred Mothers, Transvestites, Gangsters, Drifters, and Other Japanese Cultural Heroes (1983) ISBN 978-0-452-00738-3
  • Tokyo: Form and Spirit (1986) with James Brandon
    James Brandon
    James Brandon is a British journalist, most recently working in Iraq freelance on assignment from the Sunday Telegraph and The Scotsman, covering the occupation and insurgency...

    , Kenneth Frampton
    Kenneth Frampton
    Kenneth Frampton , is a British architect, critic, historian and the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, New York....

    , Martin Friedman, Donald Richie
    Donald Richie
    Donald Richie is an American-born author who has written about the Japanese people and Japanese cinema. Although he considers himself only a writer, Richie has directed many experimental films, the first when he was 17...

      ISBN 978-0810916906
  • God's Dust: A Modern Asian Journey (1989) ISBN 978-0-7538-1089-7
  • Great Cities of the World: Hong Kong (1991)
  • Playing the Game (1991) novel ISBN 978-0374526337
  • The Wages of Guilt: Memories of War in Germany and in Japan (1994) ISBN 978-0-452-01156-4
  • Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art (1998) with Jodi Cobb
  • Voltaire's Coconuts, or Anglomania in Europe (UK title) (1998) or Anglomania: a European Love Affair (US title) (1999) ISBN 978-0-7538-0954-9
  • The Missionary and the Libertine: Love and War in East and West (2000) compilation ISBN 978-0-571-21414-3
  • De neo-romantiek van schrijvers in exil (Neoromanticism of writers in exile) (2000) ISBN 90-446-0028-1
  • Bad Elements: Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing
    Bad Elements
    Bad Elements is a book about contemporary Chinese history by Ian Buruma, published by Random House on November 21, 2001. The book's subtitle, "Chinese Rebels from Los Angeles to Beijing", indicates the main focus of the book....

    (2001) ISBN 978-0-679-78136-3
  • Inventing Japan: From Empire to Economic Miracle 1853–1964 (2003) ISBN 978-0-679-64085-1
  • Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies (2004) with Avishai Margalit
    Avishai Margalit
    Avishai Margalit is the George F. Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.-Biography:Avishai Margalit grew up in Jerusalem. He was educated in Jerusalem and did his army service in the airborne...

     ISBN 978-0-14-303487-2
  • Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance (2006) ISBN 978-1-59420-108-0 winner of The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for the Best Current Interest Book.
  • Conversations with John Schlesinger (2006) ISBN 0-375-75763-5
  • Commentary on the History of China
    History of China
    Chinese civilization originated in various regional centers along both the Yellow River and the Yangtze River valleys in the Neolithic era, but the Yellow River is said to be the Cradle of Chinese Civilization. With thousands of years of continuous history, China is one of the world's oldest...

     for the time period of The Last Emperor
    The Last Emperor
    The Last Emperor is a 1987 biopic about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo Bertolucci. Independently produced by Jeremy Thomas, it was directed by Bertolucci and released in 1987 by Columbia Pictures...

    , The Criterion Collection
    The Criterion Collection
    The Criterion Collection is a video-distribution company selling "important classic and contemporary films" to film aficionados. The Criterion series is noted for helping to standardize the letterbox format for home video, bonus features, and special editions...

     2008 DVDs (ASIN: B000ZM1MIW, ISBN 9781604650143).
  • The China Lover (2008) novel ISBN 978-1-59420-194-3
  • Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents (2010) ISBN 978-0-691-13489-5, with some historical examples of the value the separation of religion and nation
    A nation may refer to a community of people who share a common language, culture, ethnicity, descent, and/or history. In this definition, a nation has no physical borders. However, it can also refer to people who share a common territory and government irrespective of their ethnic make-up...

    al governance
    Governance is the act of governing. It relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power, or verify performance. It consists of either a separate process or part of management or leadership processes...

     with the separation of church and state
    Separation of church and state
    The concept of the separation of church and state refers to the distance in the relationship between organized religion and the nation state....

     as one example.
  • Grenzen aan de vrijheid: van De Sade tot Wilders (Limits to Freedom: From De Sade to Wilders) (2010) – Essay for the Month of Philosophy in the Netherlands
    The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, located mainly in North-West Europe and with several islands in the Caribbean. Mainland Netherlands borders the North Sea to the north and west, Belgium to the south, and Germany to the east, and shares maritime borders...



  • China's class ceiling, published in the Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles Times
    The Los Angeles Times is a daily newspaper published in Los Angeles, California, since 1881. It was the second-largest metropolitan newspaper in circulation in the United States in 2008 and the fourth most widely distributed newspaper in the country....

External links

  • Official Website, with curriculum vitae
  • Column archive at Project Syndicate
    Project Syndicate
    Project Syndicate is an international not-for-profit newspaper syndicate and association of newspapers. It distributes commentaries and analysis by experts, activists, Nobel laureates, statesmen, economists, political thinkers, business leaders and academics to its member publications, and...

  • Column archive at The Guardian
    The Guardian
    The Guardian, formerly known as The Manchester Guardian , is a British national daily newspaper in the Berliner format...

  • Column archive at The New York Review of Books
    The New York Review of Books
    The New York Review of Books is a fortnightly magazine with articles on literature, culture and current affairs. Published in New York City, it takes as its point of departure that the discussion of important books is itself an indispensable literary activity...

  • Article archive at Journalisted