Ian Buruma’s memoir, A Tokyo Romance, has just been published, and is the topic of this highly entertaining lecture; an unflinching account of his amazing journey into the heart of Tokyo’s underground culture as a young man in the 1970s. A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him. With his signature acuity, Buruma brilliantly captures the historical tensions between east and west, the cultural excitement of 1970s Tokyo, and the dilemma of the gaijin in Japanese society, free, yet always on the outside. The result is a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic, and sexual.
The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by a tea and book signing. The doors will open at 3:15 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE THIS LECTURE IS SOLD OUT.
Ian Buruma, editor of The New York Review of Books since September 2017, was educated in Holland and Japan, where he studied history, Chinese literature, and Japanese cinema. From 2003 to 2017 he was professor of human rights, democracy and journalism at Bard College. Living in Japan from 1975 to 1981, Buruma worked as a film reviewer, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. In the 1980s, Buruma was based in Hong Kong, where he edited the cultural section of the Far Eastern Economic Review, and from where he later travelled all over Asia as a freelance writer. Buruma was a fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin in 1991, and a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 1999. He is a fellow of the European Council of Foreign Relations and a board member of Human Rights in China. In 2008, Buruma won the Erasmus Prize for “exceptional contributions to culture society, or social sciences in Europe.” He has written over seventeen books – many of them award-winning – including The Wages of Guilt (1995), Murder in Amsterdam (2006), Year Zero (2013), and Theater of Cruelty (2014).
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Lecture Series books can be purchased in advance from The Mount’s Bookstore! Mount members receive a 10% discount. Everyone receives a 15% discount if all 9 books are purchased together. If you would like to order your book(s) ahead of the lecture, e-mail our Bookstore Manager Patricia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We would like to thank Blantyre, a Relais & Chateau property, for their generous donation and support of this season’s Summer Lecture Series at The Mount.
The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact The Mount at 413-551-5100 or by email, email@example.com, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.