The John Adams Institute proudly presented an evening with journalist, writer and academic Ian Buruma. His new book, ‘Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War’, is an account of a love sustained through the terror and separation of two world wars and the thousands of love letters sent in the darkest hours of the century. According to The New York Times Book Review, it is “A wholly understanding, moving account of what it meant to be Jewish and English in one of the most troubled times of the last century. Buruma’s voyage into the past is a warning as well as a celebration of lost lives.”
Buruma was educated in the Netherlands and Japan. He has spent many years in Asia, which he has written about in “A Japanese Mirror” and “Bad Elements”. He is Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College and a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian and NRC Handelsblad. He was voted one of the Top 100 Public Intellectuals by the Foreign Policy magazine in 2008 and 2010. Known for his nonfiction book “Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance” (2006), his novel “The China Lover” (2008) and “Year Zero: A History of 1945” (2013), Buruma has now turned his gaze to his own family history “Their Promised Land”.
An excerpt from the book in Dutch (‘Hun Beloofde Land’) is available here.
Moderator: Maarten Westerveen, VPRO
In collaboration with: Atlas Contact