burumaThis week on The Marketplace of Ideas, Colin Marshall talks with Ian Buruma, journalist, novelist, documentarian and Henry R. Luce, Professor of Human Rights and Journalism at Bard College. Buruma’s new book is a sprawling historical novel called The China Lover, a semi-fictionalized history of Japan during and after World War II and the life of actress Yoshiko Yamaguchi, who began her career as a propaganda film star in Japanese-occupied Manchuria.  In the voice of three different narrators a Japanese cultural official and China enthusiast, an American expatriate cinephile and a convert to the Japanese Red Army Buruma’s book captures the multifaceted, elusive nature of both Yamaguchi and Japan itself.

The Marketplace of Ideas every Thursday at noon, but this week will air at 12:30 due to the day’s UCSB Reads segment.