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  • Published: 25 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781802064384
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $28.00

The Light of Asia

A History of Western Fascination with the East




This wonderfully various, rich and enjoyable book tells the story of the many ways in which Asia has influenced Europe and North America over centuries of tangled, dynamic encounters

From the time of the ancient Greeks onwards the West's relationship with Asia consisted for the most part in outrageous tales of monsters and giants, of silk and spices trans-shipped over vast distances and an uneasy sense of unknowable empires fantastically far away. By the 20th century much of Asia may have come under Western rule after centuries of warfare, but its intellectual, artistic and spiritual influence was fighting back.

The Light of Asia is a wonderfully varied and entertaining history of this vexed, confused but centrally important relationship. From Marco Polo onwards Asia has been both a source of genuine fascination and equally genuine failures of comprehension. China, India and Japan were all acknowledged to be both great civilizations and in crude ways superseded by the West. Christopher Harding's captivating gallery of geniuses, adventurers and con-men celebrates Asia's impact on the West in all its variety.

  • Published: 25 January 2024
  • ISBN: 9781802064384
  • Imprint: Penguin Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • RRP: $28.00

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