Age of Anger: A History of the Present

Pankaj Mishra (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$19.00  $17.48
Publisher
Picador USA
Publish Date
March 06, 2018
Pages
416
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.76 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781250159304
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About the Author

Pankaj Mishra is the author of From the Ruins of Empire and several other books. He is a columnist at Bloomberg View and the New York Times Book Review, and writes regularly for The Guardian, the London Review of Books, and The New Yorker. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London

Reviews

"Mishra may well be the ideal writer to diagnose our current moment . . . In Age of Anger, Mishra has produced an urgent analysis of a moment in which the forgotten and dispossessed are rising up to challenge everything we thought we knew about the state of the world." --Sebastian Strangio, Los Angeles Review of Books

"Important, erudite . . . Mishra dwells in the realm of ideas and emotions, which get short shrift in most accounts of global politics. So it's bracing and illuminating for him to focus on feelings . . . A decent liberalism would read sharp critics like Mishra and learn." --Franklin Foer, The New York Times Book Review

"Columnist and historian Pankaj Mishra has named a moment and an era: His brilliant new book Age of Anger: A History of the Present looks at the rising tide of radical nationalism, racism, intolerance, misogyny, xenophobia, and fascism that's sweeping away calmer and more measured opposition all over the world, and he attempts to understand the phenomena before it engulfs everybody on the planet. . . Fiercely literate and eloquent." --Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor

"In its literacy and literariness, [Age of Anger] has the feel of Edmund Wilson's extraordinary dramas of modern ideas--books like To the Finland Station--but with a different endpoint and a more global canvas. Mishra reads like a brilliant autodidact, putting to shame the many students who dutifully did the reading for their classes but missed the incandescent fire and penetrating insight in canonical texts." --Samuel Moyn, The New Republic

"In probing for the wellspring of today's anger [Pankaj Mishra] hits on something real. He traces our current mood back to the French Enlightenment of the 18th century . . . Along with quotations from Voltaire, Rousseau, and other familiar figures of Western Civ, Age of Anger includes observations from Iranian, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and other nations' scholars; their perspectives complement Mishra's deep understanding of global tensions." --Peter Coy, Bloomberg Businessweek

"Erudite ...[In] Age of Anger: A History of the Present, which was conceived before Brexit and Trump, the Indian nonfiction writer and novelist Pankaj Mishra argues that our current rage has deep historical roots." --Bryan Walsh, Time

"Richly learned and usefully subversive." --John Gray, Literary Review

"A bowel-churning kick in the guts . . . [Pankaj Mishra's] vision is unusually broad, accommodating and resistant to categorisation. It is the kind of vision the world needs right now . . . Age of Anger is vitally germane to the global expressions of discontent that we are now witnessing" --Christopher de Bellaigue, Financial Times

"[An] ambitious world history of anti-progressive backlash." --New York

"A disturbing but imperatively urgent analysis." -- Bryce Christensen, Booklist (starred review)

"A probing, well-informed investigation of global unrest calling for 'truly transformative thinking' about humanity's future." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"With a deep knowledge of both Western and non-Western history, and like no other before him, Pankaj Mishra comes to grips with the malaise at the heart of these dangerous times. This is the most astonishing, convincing, and disturbing book I've read in years." --Joe Sacco

"In this urgent, profound and extraordinarily timely study, Pankaj Mishra follows the likes of Isaiah Berlin, John Gray and Mark Lilla by delving into the past in order to throw light on our contemporary predicament, when the neglected and dispossessed of the world have suddenly risen up in Nietzschean ressentiment to transform the world we thought we knew." --John Banville

"In Age of Anger: A History of the Present, Pankaj Mishra offers a panoramic survey of the populist wind roiling the world and a genealogy of the ressentiment propelling it. Lucid, incisive and provocative, the book may be the most ambitious effort yet to diagnose our social condition. With erudition and insight, it explains why movements from below are entrusting their future to paternalistic demagogues in the expectation of rewards from above." --Muhammad Idrees Ahmad, The National