Ian Buruma is currently Luce Professor at Bard College. His previous books include GOD'S DUST, BEHIND THE MASK, THE MISSIONARY & THE LIBERTINE, PLAYING THE GAME, THE WAGES OF GUILT, ANGLOMANIA and BAD ELEMENTS. He writes frequently for The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and the Financial Times.
In 1945, one world had ended and a new, uncertain one was beginning. Regime change had come on a global scale, great cities around the world lay in ruins, and the ground was laid for more horror to come. In YEAR ZERO, an examination of the postwar years is intertwined with author Ian Buruma's father's attempted reentry into “normalcy” after his experience as a prisoner of war.