Novelist and essayist Pankaj Mishra’s examines the various reasons for young men and women from the West joining extremist organisations like the ISIS, in his new book that is scheduled to come out by early 2017, publishers Juggernaut Books said today.
Among the questions Mishra seeks to answer are – Why are we seeing the rise of aggressive right wing politics in countries such as India, Turkey and USA, the expansion of Islamist terror, massacres in Western metropolises, wars in the Middle East? And in what way are these diverse politics of anger and violence connected?
The book ‘Age of Anger: A History of the Present’, publishers says is “boldly argued, breath-taking in its intellectual range, and with a canvas that stretches from Savarkar in India to Rousseau in France and is one of the most ambitious work yet.
Mishra says he wrote the book out of the conviction that history took a dangerous turn in the age of globalisation.
“We have to re-examine the modern world, this time from the perspective of those who in the previous two centuries came late to it, and felt, like so many do now, left, or pushed, behind,” Mishra says.
Chiki Sarkar, publisher, Juggernaut says, “With every terrorist attack, Pankaj Mishra’s new book feels more and more relevant. ‘Age of Anger’ is a seminal book that explains the nature of our age of racism and violence and we are proud to be publishing it.”
Mishra has previoulsy authored ‘Butter Chicken in Ludiana,’ ‘The Romantics,’ ‘An End to Suffering,’ ‘Temptations of the West’ and ‘From the Ruins of Empire’.
The author who lives in London, Shimla and New York writes principally for the ‘Guardian’, ‘The New York Times’, ‘London Review of Books’ and ‘New York Review of Books’.