Michael Ignatieff

(b. 1947)

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(1947– ),

cultural historian and novelist, born in Toronto, but has lived mainly in England. He has produced works of fiction (e.g. Asya, 1991; Scar Tissue, 1993), political theory, combinations of biography and history (The Russian Album, 1987; Isaiah Berlin, 1998), and a trilogy on recent conflict comprising Blood and Belonging: Journeys into New Nationalism (on former Yugoslavia, 1993), The Warrior's Honour: Ethnic War and the Modern Conscience (1998), and Virtual War: Kosovo and Beyond (2000). His most characteristic themes are reflections on the nature of pathos through the examination of past lives, and a concern with questions of liberalism, nationalism, national identity, multiculturalism, and human rights.

Subjects: Literature.

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