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Best Books About Armenia

Recommendations from 4 articles, Phil Shapiro.
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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh
Franz Werfel - Jan 31, 2012 (first published in 1933)
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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh is Franz Werfel's masterpiece that brought him international acclaim in 1933, drawing the world's attention to the Armenian genocide. This is the story of how the people of several Armenian villages in the mountains along the coast of present-day Turkey and Syria chose not to obey the deportation order of the Turkish gov...
Black Dog of Fate
A Memoir
Peter Balakian - Feb 10, 2009 (first published in 1997)
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"His visions are burning -- his poetry heartbreaking," wrote Elie Wiesel of American poet Peter Balakian. Now, in elegant prose, the prize-winning poet who James Dickey called "an extraordinary talent" has written a compelling memoir about growing up American in a family that was haunted by a past too fraught with terror to be spoken of openly. Bla...
Family of Shadows
A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream
Garin K. Hovannisian - Sep 21, 2010
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Combining the historical urgency of The Burning Tigris, the cultural sweep of Middlesex, and the psychological complexity of Bending Toward the Sun, Garin K. Hovannisian's Family of Shadows is a searing history of Armenia, realized through the lives of three generations of a single family. In Family of Shadows, Hovannisian traces the arc of his fam...
History of Armenia
A Captivating Guide to Armenian History, Starting from Ancient Armenia to Its Declaration of Sovereignty from the Soviet Union
Captivating History - Nov 16, 2019
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If you want to discover the captivating history of Armenia, then keep reading...The tale of Armenia has its beginnings as a glorious ancient kingdom, one that commanded the respect of nations as mighty as Egypt and Babylonia. As its history takes a turn for the darker, each chapter reads like a roll call of the most famous of figures: Antony and Cl...
My Name Is Aram
William Saroyan - May 22, 2013 (first published in 1940)
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Hailed by The New York Times as "marvelously captivating," William Saroyan's 1940 international bestseller recounts the exploits of an Armenian clan in northern California at the turn of the twentieth century. Based on the author's loving and eccentric extended family, the characters in these 14 related short stories enact humorous and touching sce...
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The Cuisine of Armenia
Sonia Uvezian - Jul 31, 2001 (first published in 1974)
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Situated at the crossroads of east and west between the Mediterranean, Black, and Caspian seas, the richly historic region of Armenia has provided the world with one of its most varied and exciting culinary traditions. Fragrant with the aromas of spices and herbs, Armenian cuisine abounds in succulent kebabs, stuffed vegetables and fruits, opulent ...
The Last Time I Lied
A Novel
Riley Sager - Apr 02, 2019
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Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she—or anyone—saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door...
My Grandmother
A Memoir
Fethiye Cetin - Apr 17, 2008 (first published in 2004)
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When Fethiye Cetin was growing up in the small Turkish town of Maden, she knew her grandmother as a happy and universally respected Muslim housewife. It would be decades before her grandmother told her the truth: that she was by birth a Christian and an Armenian, that her name was not Seher but Heranush, that most of the men in her village had been...
Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan
An Armenian Boy’s Memoir of Survival
Aram Haigaz - Mar 24, 2015 (first published in 1972)
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Originally published in Armenian in 1972.Armenian Aram Haigaz was only 15 when he lost his father, brothers, many relatives and neighbors, all killed or dead of starvation when enemy soldiers surrounded their village. He and his mother were put into a forced march and deportation of Armenians into the Turkish desert, part of the systematic destruct...
Burning Orchards
Gurgen Mahari - Mar 07, 2007 (first published in 2004)
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Gurgen Marhari's controversial novel, Burning Orchards, is set in the Ottoman city of Van, Eastern Anatolia, during the period leading up to the Armenian rebellion of 1915 and relates the epic story of the events which culminated in the catastrophe of the following years, wonderfully told by one of the great writers emerging from Soviet Armenia. Wr...
Great Catastrophe
Armenians and Turks in the Shadow of Genocide
Thomas de Waal - Feb 02, 2015
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The destruction of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1915-16 was a brutal mass crime that prefigured other genocides in the 20th century. By various estimates, more than a million Armenians were killed and the survivors were scattered across the world. Although it is now a century old, the issue of what most of the world calls the Armenian Gen...
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