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  • Published: 15 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241299395
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $29.99

Age Of Anger




A compelling, powerful argument about the roots of current global disorder.

How can we explain the origins of the great wave of paranoid hatreds that seem inescapable in our close-knit world - from American 'shooters' and ISIS to Trump, from a rise in vengeful nationalism across the world to racism and misogyny on social media? In Age of Anger, Pankaj Mishra answers our bewilderment by casting his gaze back to the eighteenth century, before leading us to the present.

He shows that as the world became modern those who were unable to fulfil its promises - freedom, stability and prosperity - reacted in horrifyingly similar ways: intense hatred of invented enemies, attempts to re-create an imaginary golden age, and self-empowerment through spectacular violence. Today, just as then, the wider embrace of mass politics, technology, and the pursuit of wealth and individualism has cast many more billions adrift in a literally demoralized world, uprooted from tradition but still far from modernity - with the same terrible results.

Making startling connections and comparisons, Age of Anger is a history of our present predicament unlike any other.

  • Pub date: 15 April 2017
  • ISBN: 9780241299395
  • Imprint: Allen Lane
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Pankaj Mishra

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

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