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TIME 100: AUGUST 23-30, 1999 VOL. 154 NO. 7/8

Books That Shaped an Era

Soseki Natsume

Japan has produced many literary "schools" this century, but Natsume was a school unto himself. His early works were humorous, his late ones heavy with life's pain. In between were two trilogies, concluding with Kokoro (The Heart, 1914), his best-known novel. Contemporary Ogai Mori is considered his artistic equal, but Natsume's popularity got him on the country's 10,000 yen bill, where he remains today.

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Rabindranath Tagore: People's Poet
The eloquent Bengali wrote the song of a budding nation

Nhat Linh

This 1935 novel created a modern prose style for Vietnam--it is still widely read today--while also powerfully challenging the country's Confucian social traditions. Nhat Linh abandoned writing for politics with tragic results. Arrested for involvement in an alleged coup in 1963, he drank down a bottle of Johnny Walker scotch laced with poison.

Mao Zedong

No other book has had such a profound impact on so many people at the same time. Quotations was compiled at the start of the Cultural Revolution. Not only did it purport to explain Mao's doctrines: if you read it enough, it was supposed to change your brain. Hundreds of millions tried, and the crimes justified by its verses ended only after the Chairman died and his Cultural Revolution collapsed.

Salman Rushdie

This 1981 allegory, a jazzy blend of English and Indian vernaculars, gave a voice to an entire generation of novelists. Many were just mimics, and Rushdie is still under a death threat from radical Muslims for a later book. But writers in South Asia are enjoying another Rushdie legacy: huge advances from publishers looking for the next big India novel.

Pramoedya Ananta Toer

A saga of the first stirrings of Indonesian nationalism, this four-volume work of fiction was created in a penal colony on Buru island. But Pramoedya, a political prisoner denied paper and pen, couldn't write it down until his 1979 release from more than a decade in jail. President Suharto then imposed a ban--still in effect today--on Pramoedya's entire oeuvre.

The Most Influential Asians of the Century

Asians of the Century
A cavalcade of towering individuals and a newly awakened populace

Why Adam Smith Would Love Asia
Asia has been the proving ground for global capitalism

Ending Silence
Asian women are celebrating hard-won triumphs

Embrace the wisdom of democracy and capitalism

t h e  l i s t

Ho Chi Minh
Pol Pot
Issey Miyake
Daisuke Inoue
Rabindranath Tagore
Sun Yat-sen
Mohandas Gandhi
Mao Zedong
Lee Kuan Yew
Deng Xiaoping
Corazon Aquino
Park Chung Hee
Eiji Toyoda
King Rama
Akira Kurosawa
Dalai Lama
Akio Morita

This edition's table of contents



U.S. secretary of state says China should be 'tolerant'

Philippine government denies Estrada's claim to presidency

Faith, madness, magic mix at sacred Hindu festival

Land mine explosion kills 11 Sri Lankan soldiers

Japan claims StarLink found in U.S. corn sample

Thai party announces first coalition partner


COVER: President Joseph Estrada gives in to the chanting crowds on the streets of Manila and agrees to make room for his Vice President

THAILAND: Twin teenage warriors turn themselves in to Bangkok officials

CHINA: Despite official vilification, hip Chinese dig Lamaist culture

PHOTO ESSAY: Estrada Calls Snap Election

WEB-ONLY INTERVIEW: Jimmy Lai on feeling lucky -- and why he's committed to the island state


COVER: The DoCoMo generation - Japan's leading mobile phone company goes global

Bandwidth Boom: Racing to wire - how underseas cable systems may yet fall short

TAIWAN: Party intrigues add to Chen Shui-bian's woes

JAPAN: Japan's ruling party crushes a rebel at a cost

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans need to have more babies. But success breeds selfishness

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