A Japanese MirrorPaperback
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- Publisher: ATLANTIC BOOKS
- Format: Paperback | 256 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 198mm x 21mm | 266g
- Publication date: 1 August 2010
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 184354962X
- ISBN 13: 9781843549628
- Sales rank: 395,063
Examining the popular heroes of Japanese films, comics, theatre and television, The Japanese Mirror looks at the dual status of women as both goddesses and she-devils, artificiality and transvestism, the role of the samurai and the gangster, and the modern father-figure as an object of ridicule. Both panoramic and intimate, A Japanese Mirror is a rich and surprising exploration of national identity.
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Ian Buruma is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College in New York state. His previous books include God's Dust, The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania and Murder in Amsterdam, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Current Interest Book and was shortlisted for The Samuel Johnson Prize. He was the recipient of the 2008 Shorenstein Journalism Award, which honoured him for his distinguished body of work, and the 2008 Erasmus Prize.