Age of Anger

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One of our most important public intellectuals reveals the hidden history of our current global crisis

The attempt to Westernize, modernize, or secularize the non-West was long viewed benignly as a process of development and progress. Today, however, botched experiments in Western-style politics, military intervention, and economic engineering visibly scar much of the non-Western world. The wider embrace of Western innovations revolutionary politics, mass movements, technology, the pursuit of wealth and individualism has caused an extensive destruction of old social and moral bonds. The radical disruption, which includes the remaking of life s meaning and goals, has cast billions adrift in a literally demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity.

Unable to fulfill the promises stability and prosperity of the global capitalist economy, and culturally and spiritually disoriented, many men and women are increasingly susceptible to demagogues and other dangerous simplifiers. A common reaction among them is intense hatred of supposed villains, the invention of enemies, attempts to recapture a lost golden age, unfocused fury, and self-empowerment through nihilistic violence. These are all phenomena familiar in Europe and the United States, though obscured for a while by their general post-1945 experience of relative affluence and peace. They have now become inescapable in our interconnected and profoundly unequal world.

"Age of Anger," Pankaj Mishra s remarkable new book, allows us at last to come to grips with how we can understand societies that are violently adrift."

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ISBN-13: 9780374274788
ISBN-10: 0374274789
Pagini: 416
Dimensiuni: 150 x 211 x 36 mm
Greutate: 0.52 kg
Editura: Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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.
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
Incisive and scary.. a wake-up call
Far from reassuring... his vision is unusually broad, accommodating and resistant to categorisation. It is the kind of vision the world needs right now...Pankaj Mishra shouldn't stop thinking.
This is a framework that pushes aside conventional, familiar divisions of left and right to focus on the profound sense of dislocation and alienation that spawned (and still spawns) movements ranging from fascism to anarchism to nihilism...a short book into which a lot of intellectual history has been packed.
Stimulating... thought-provoking
A valuable book. Mishra's ideas are bold and initially discomfiting - it's a challenge to look over the head of the latest terrorist and try to dispassionately trace his rage back to Voltaire - but it's undeniably good to stretch intellectual muscles and test your own prejudices. Mishra invites us to hear the ugly, muffled shouts beneath the "drumbeat" of Western civilisation.
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... no one has discerned better than Mishra just how far we still are from the top.
Around the world, both East and West, the insurrectionary fury of militants, zealots and populists has overturned the post-Cold-War global consensus. Where does their rage come from, and where will it end? One of the sharpest cultural critics and political analysts releases his landmark "history of the present
An original attempt to explain today's paranoid hatreds...Iconoclastic...Mr. Mishra shocks on many levels.
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....In probing for the wellspring of today's anger he hits on something real
Provocative...We'll need new philosophical frameworks to understand the phenomenon of political anger in a global perspective; what's fascinating about Mishra's novel reading is that it draws on familiar philosophical and literary touchstones while turning them on their head...A brilliant work
A disturbing but imperatively urgent analysis
A probing, well-informed investigation of global unrest calling for 'truly transformative thinking' about humanity's future
Sensitive and illuminating....Makes a powerful case for the influence of a certain group of anti-rational and anti-commercial ideas which have influenced our world.,..Mishra's contribution is to show us how these ideas have become 'viral' and what that means for all of us.
Incisive...Age of Anger, which was completed after the Brexit vote but before Trump's victory, reminds us that the dialectical movement between these two poles - between a desire to be oneself and a desire to belong to something larger than oneself - has been a feature of Western political life since the Enlightenment
Pankaj Mishra's Age of Anger...exemplifies his characteristic eloquence and erudition...Leaders who are struggling to process the present backlash against core aspects of globalization would do well to heed Mishra's plea to "remember the irreducible human being, her or his fears, desires, and resentments."
An impressively probing and timely work...Highly engaging
Scintillating...Age of Anger looks an awful lot like a masterwork. We're only a few weeks into 2017, but one of the books of the year is already here
Beautifully written... Mishra's call that we need to tend to our souls as much as our material needs is one that we would do well to heed
The First Essential Read of the Trump Era Is Here... a bracing read
A gut-wrenching tour of how morally backward humanity has become in the past three centuries, all in the name of getting rich and getting ahead...bracingly refreshing

Notă biografică

Pankaj Mishra is the author of Butter Chicken in Ludiana, The Romantics, An End to Suffering,Temptations of the West and From the Ruins of Empire. He writes principally for the Guardian, The New York Times, London Review of Books and New York Review of Books. He lives in London and Shimla.

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'Urgent, profound and extraordinarily timely' John Banville
'The rage and confusion of the modern world have their roots in the Enlightenment and the myth of progress, argues this scintillating study ... Age of Anger looks an awful lot like a masterwork' Christopher Bray, The Tablet
'Provocative and terrifically learned ... clever, thrilling ... consistently revelatory' Charles King, The Times Literary Supplement
'Mishra's ideas are bold and initially discomfiting ... invites us to hear the ugly, muffled shouts beneath the "drumbeat" of Western civilisation' Julie McDowall, Sunday Herald
'Iconoclastic ... Mishra shocks on many levels ... shows how violence, nihilism and hatred of "other" have ample precedents among Western liberalism's 19th and 20th century opponents, whether revolutionaries, anarchists or artists' Economist