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Ian Buruma talks with the novelist Martin Amis about Year Zero: A History of 1945, which Buruma wrote while he was a fellow at the Cullman Center.
Ian Buruma, the Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College, was educated in Holland and Japan. He writes for The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Corriere della Sera, and NRC Handelsblad. His recent books include Taming the Gods: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents; Murder in Amsterdam: Liberal Europe, Islam, and the Limits of Tolerance; and Inventing Japan, 1853-1964. He wrote 1945: Year Zero while he was a Fellow at the Cullman Center in 2011-12.
Martin Amis is the author of more than twenty-five books, including over a dozen novels (among them Money, London Fields, Time’s Arrow, and, most recently, Lionel Asbo: State of England), and several collections of stories. In 2008, The Times (London) named him one of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. Amis was made a New York Public Library Lion in 2012.