Murder in Amsterdam

Murder in Amsterdam : The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance

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It was an emblematic crime: on a November day in Amsterdam, an angry young Muslim man shot and killed the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh, iconic European provocateur, for making a movie with the anti-Islam politician Ayaan Hersi Ali. After shooting van Gogh, Mohammed Bouyeri calmly stood over the body and cut his throat with a curved machete. The murder horrified quiet, complacent Holland - a country that prides itself on being a bastion of tolerance - and sent shock waves around the world. In Murder in Amsterdam, Ian Buruma describes what he found when he returned to his native country to try and make sense of van Gogh's death. The result is Buruma's masterpiece: a brave and rigorous study of conflict in our time, with the intimacy and control of a true-crime page-turner.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • ATLANTIC BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1843543206
  • 9781843543206
  • 223,440

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"Fascinating . . . Characteristically vivid and astute." -Timothy Garton Ash, "The New York Review of Books" "[Murder in Amsterdam] is a work of philosophical and narrative tension, strikingly sharp and brooding, frank and openly curious." -"San Francisco Chronicle" "Shrewd, subtly argued." -"The New York Times Book Review"show more

About Ian Buruma

Ian Buruma is Luce Professor at Bard College, New York. His previous books include God's Dust, Behind the Mask, The Missionary and the Libertine, Playing the Game, The Wages of Guilt, Anglomania and Bad Elements.show more

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