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For a nation known for its social tolerance, the Netherlands has had it rough lately: Since the early ’90s, a filmmaker was murdered, a gay politician was shot, soccer fans shouted slurs against Jews, and liberals tried to curb Muslim immigration. In his latest book, Murder in Amsterdam: The Death of Theo Van Gogh and the Limits of Tolerance, Dutch-born journalist Ian Buruma looks for the deeper meaning in these seemingly less-infrequent incidents. Buruma focuses on the November 2004 attack by a Muslim man on Van Gogh—during which the Dutch filmmaker was fatally shot and stabbed—with an even hand; he searches for the motivation behind Van Gogh’s on- and off-screen vilification of Muslims just as he imagines what was in the killer’s heart. More telling, however, is Buruma’s examination of the Dutch inability to escape their post–World War II guilt: “Once more, it was back to the war, the deportations, collaboration. Back and forth it goes, in the land of guilty memories, where current affairs keep on taking the colors of the past.” Buruma discusses and signs copies of his work at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Jonathan York)