An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World

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Pan Macmillan, Oct 12, 2011 - Religion - 448 pages
An accomplished history of the Buddha, An End to Suffering is also a deeply personal story -- the story of Pankaj Mishra's search for meaning, for truth and peace in the modern world and, specifically, in post-colonial, independent India. As he describes his travels to unearth the origins of the Buddha, Mishra offers glimpses into his own quest for enlightenment, from childhood to September 11, from family background to friends met and made, from lessons learned to achievements as a writer. Through this, Mishra reveals the parallels between his time and the Buddha's, between their respective journeys -- and that of their country -- in search of progress and reconciliation.

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Have to agree with those who find that the three strands of this book--travelogue, Buddha-narrative, and spiritual reflection--are not successfully knitted together. Yet, despite this failing, this is ... Read full review

AN END TO SUFFERING: The Buddha in the World

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The life of the historical Buddha, his legacy, and his enduring relevance.Indian-born novelist Mishra (The Romantics, 2000) begins in a secluded Himalayan valley with little more than an impulse: he ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Pankaj Mishra was born in North India, in 1969. He writes for the New York Review of Books, the New Statesman, Granta , the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian.

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