Our search has the following Google-type functionality:
If you use '+' at the start of a word, that word will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry +Potter
Search results will contain 'Potter'.
If you use '-' at the start of a word, that word will be absent in the search results.
eg. Harry -Potter
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between 2 words, then both those words will be present in the search results.
eg. Harry AND Potter
Search results will contain both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: AND will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'OR' between 2 single words, then either or both of those words will be present in the search results.
eg. 'Harry OR Potter'
Search results will contain just 'Harry', or just 'Potter', or both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
NOTE: OR will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, that word will be absent in the search results. (This is the same as using the minus symbol).
eg. 'Harry NOT Potter'
Search results will not contain 'Potter'.
NOTE: NOT will only work with single words not phrases.
If you use double quotation marks around words, those words will be present in that order.
eg. "Harry Potter"
Search results will contain 'Harry Potter', but not 'Potter Harry'.
NOTE: "" cannot be combined with AND, OR & NOT searches.
If you use '*' in a word, it performs a wildcard search, as it signifies any number of characters. (Searches cannot start with a wildcard).
Search results will contain words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er', such as 'Potter'.
Ian Buruma was the editor of The New York Review of Books. His previous books include Their Promised Land, Year Zero, The China Lover, Murder in Amsterdam, Occidentalism, God's Dust, Behind the Mask, The Wages of Guilt, Bad Elements and Taming the Gods.
Delicious... A wild ride through the late-20th-century Japanese avant-garde scene through the eyes of an innocent from across the sea. * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * Illuminating... With the insight and curiosity of someone on the outside looking in, Buruma describes a transformational moment in the making of modern Japanese culture. * Booklist * New York Review of Books editor Buruma reflects on his immersion in the artistic underworlds of late 1970s Tokyo in this lucid, engrossing memoir...Buruma makes the archetypal quest for home in a foreign land both uniquely personal and deeply illuminating. * Publisher's Weekly (starred review) * Buruma paints a vivid portrait of his often mind-boggling encounters with the motley collection of artists, expats and eccentrics he befriended over his six years in Tokyo. And his honesty is disarming. * AP * Oh my eyes... the whole thing sparks astonishingly to life. We'll come back to the details, lurid or otherwise, but for now all you need to know is that Buruma's high-level immersion in the country's culture begins with him tottering around on takageta, a high-heeled version of the traditional Japanese wooden sandals, and ends with him playing a character called the Midnight Cowboy in a play by the underground director and actor Kara Juro. -- Rachel Cooke * Guardian * A vivid account of what it is like to create your truest self by moving away from all that is familiar to embrace a foreign culture and country. * Financial Times * There are only a few scholars, journalists, critics and commentators writing about Japan in English worth reading, and Buruma is one. * Literary Review * Gracefully written and engaging * Sunday Times * Buruma is a keen observer and the owner of a well-provisioned mind. There are smart little junkets in this book into everything from Japanese movies (Buruma became a film critic for The Japan Times) to the country's tattooing culture to its female elevator operators, about whom he made a documentary film. His prose is unflaggingly good. * New York Times * A triumphal narrative... a winning mix of nostalgic bravado and judicious self-deprecation....luscious and precise...In a time when the country's public image abroad consisted largely of manufacturing and geisha girls he located an avant-garde culture and entered it fully, unafraid of drunken excess then and unafraid of recalling it now. -- Andrew Solomon * New York Times Book Review *