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Pankaj Mishra

Novelist and essayist

Pankaj Mishra (Jhansi, North India, 1969) is a novelist and essayist, undoubtedly one of the most interesting observers of the contrasts and contradictions between East and West, capable of applying his attentive and erudite gaze and his keen sense of humor to one universe and the other. Author of The Romantics (1999), a novel which won the Los Angeles Times' Award for First Fiction. He has also writed essays like Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India (1995), An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World (2004), Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan, Tibet and Beyond (2006), From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia (2012) or Age of Anger: A History of the Present (2017). He is a Fellow of Britain's Royal Society of Literature, he contributes political and literary essays to the New York Times, the Financial Times, the New York Review of Books, the Guardian, the New Yorker, and many other international media. His last book is Bland Fanatics: Liberals, Race and Empire (2020), a collection of essays on the crisis of liberalism and the rise of discriminatory fanatism in the West. 

Update: 15 October 2020



Has participated in

Conversation with Pankaj Mishra

The World Today. Reflections on the Legacy of Imperialism

The New World Disorder

Lecture by Pankaj Mishra

9/11: The World ten Years on