Orientalism is a non-fiction book written by Edward W. Said that depicts the period of post-colonialism and how the concept of Orientalism came about. Written in 1978, it talks about the social, economic and exotic cultural practices which led to the establishment of Oriental studies. The cover photo for the book is an Orientalist paiting from 1880 titled ‘The Snake Charmer’ by Jean-Léon Gérôme.