Pankaj Mishra

Turning the Mirror: A View From the East is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and award-winning writer Pankaj Mishra. The conversation provides behind-the-scenes insights into several of Pankaj’s books, including From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia and An End To Suffering: The Buddha In The World, and his motivations to write them.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, The Weight of History, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

  1. A Different Perspective – Unknown intellectuals and overlooked worldviews
  2. Demanding a Response – Reacting to an existential challenge
  3. Inseparable Factors? – Capitalism, imperialism and modernity
  4. East and West – A meaningful distinction?
  5. Discovering Buddhism – Transcending false stereotypes
  6. Personal Examinations – Growing up Western in the East
  7. At an Impasse – The end of an experiment
  8. Learning From the Past – The benefits of increased historical understanding


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This conversation is also part of the five-part collection called Conversations About The History of Ideas in both print and electronic format.

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We’ve produced a one-hour video of our conversation with Pankaj Mishra which is available on Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/turningthemirror