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Book review: Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War by Ian Buruma

By Luke Maxted   March 2016

Atlantic, £18.99

9781848879386Ian Buruma’s varied education (Chinese literature at Leiden and Japanese film at Nihon) expanded into an eclectic bibliography. A Dutch man of letters and scholar of Japanese culture and Chinese history, his books have covered topics ranging from Anglomania in Europe to Japanese tattooing and the murder of Theo Van Gogh.

His contributions to the New York Review of Books, often from a stance of classical liberalism, have won him an appreciative audience that was strengthened by the recent publication of Year Zero, a study of the global change wrought by…

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