“Mr. Buruma is a journalist who reports all sides: those of the survivors, the veterans, the politicians, the left-wing pacifists and right-wing nationalists, the judges and the judged. The Wages of Guilt is subtitled ‘Memories of War in Germany and Japan.’ But it is really far more, an exploration of the many and varied ways in which cataclysm has shaped national identity in our century.” —The New York Times
Many of the filmmakers and artists Ian Buruma covers in his new collection, which focuses on the themes of war, film, and the visual arts, come from Germany and Japan and deal with World War II. What unifies the book is less the question of war itself than the way people deal with violence and cruelty, in the arts and in life.
Fifty years of the best international reportage published in The New York Review of Books. Includes entries from Susan Sontag, Alma Guillermoprieto, Mark Danner, Ryszard Kapuscinski, and others. Each essay includes a prologue by Ian Buruma that provides context and brings the story into the present day.