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Best Books About Armenia

Explore the rich history and culture of Armenia with this collection of insightful books, as featured and recommended by leading history and cultural experts.

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The Sandcastle Girls
Chris Bohjalian - 2012-07-17
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A young American nurse named Elizabeth Endicott volunteers to help refugees of the Armenian Genocide during WWI in Syria. There she meets Armen, an Armenian engineer who has already faced personal tragedy. After leaving Aleppo, Armen writes letters to Elizabeth, revealing his love for her. Decades later, their granddaughter Laura uncovers a family secret while exploring their history. Experience a powerful tale of love and loss in the midst of historical tragedy.
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The Hundred-Year Walk
An Armenian Odyssey
Dawn Anahid MacKeen - 2016-01-12
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The Hundred-Year Walk is a powerful memoir that tells the inspiring tale of a young Armenian's escape from genocide and his granddaughter's journey to retrace his steps. With newly discovered journals as her guide, Dawn MacKeen travels to Syria and Turkey to reconstruct her grandfather's odyssey through the Ottoman Empire, sharing a rare eyewitness account of the twentieth century's first genocide. Alternating between Stepan's tale of resilience and Dawn's remarkable journey, this book is full of gripping escapes and accounts of lifesaving kindnesses in the harsh desert.
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Black Dog of Fate
A Memoir
Peter Balakian - 1998-05-04 (first published in 1997)
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Discover the compelling memoir that reveals the unforgettable journey of a family haunted by the specter of Ottoman Turkish government's extermination of over a million Armenians in 1915. Through a powerful personal and moral awakening, Peter Balakian traces the complex process of discovering his family's history and the horrors covered up by the Turkish government. From the perspective of a poet, Balakian recounts his family's transition from surviving their haunted past to a new life in a new world, highlighting the intense and often comedic collision between ancient Near Eastern traditions and American pop culture.
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The Bastard of Istanbul
Elif Shafak - 2007-01-18 (first published in 2006)
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This tale of an extraordinary family curse is set in Istanbul and explores the lives of the Kazanci women. Among them is Asya Kazanci, who lives with her extended family and has a rebellious mother who runs a tattoo parlor, a new clairvoyant family member, and a hypochondriac aunt. When Asya's cousin Armanoush comes to stay, long-hidden family secrets begin to emerge. This beautifully written book delves into Turkey's turbulent past and has been hailed as the best book about Turkey.
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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh
Franz Werfel - 2002-11-22 (first published in 1933)
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Experience the gripping tale of The Forty Days of Musa Dagh, Franz Werfel's renowned masterpiece that shed light on the Armenian genocide. Follow the story of the daring Armenian villagers who refused to obey deportation orders during the war and fortified themselves on the slopes of Mount Moses in hopes of receiving rescue from the Allies. The restored and expanded English translation by James Reidel and Violet Lutz provides a fuller picture of the characters' extensive inner lives while staying true to Werfel's original intent. Don't miss out on this personal and historically significant novel.
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Operation Nemesis
The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide
Eric Bogosian - 2015-04-21
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Operation Nemesis is a riveting and profound account of the assassins who sought justice for the victims of the Armenian Genocide. This mesmerizing true story follows a group of ordinary individuals who formed a highly effective assassination squad known as Nemesis. With operatives spanning three continents, they targeted and eliminated six major Turkish leaders. Eric Bogosian not only details the assassinations, but also delves into the historical context of the Ottoman and Armenian conflict. Drawing upon years of research and newly uncovered evidence, Operation Nemesis is a captivating exploration of revenge, evil, and the consequences of violence.
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The Burning Tigris
The Armenian Genocide and America's Response
Peter Balakian - 2004-10-05 (first published in 2003)
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Explore the forgotten chapter of history that changed the world forever. Delve into the heartbreaking story of the Armenian Genocide and the international human rights movement that followed. Peter Balakian's bestselling book, The Burning Tigris, takes readers on a gripping journey through the massacres of the Armenians and the shocking truth behind the genocide implemented by the Ottoman Turks. Drawing from rarely seen archival documents and captivating first-person accounts, Balakian sheds light on this dark period overshadowed by World War I. This compelling narrative has earned Balakian the prestigious Raphael Lemkin Prize and is a must-read for anyone interested in the resilience of the human spirit and the pursuit of justice.
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A Survivor of the Armenian Genocide
Mae M. Derdarian - 1997-01-01
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Discover a fascinating page-turner in "Vergeen" by Mae M. Derdarian. This captivating book invites you into a riveting world filled with mystery and intrigue. Its great condition ensures a seamless reading experience. Dive into a captivating tale that will leave you wanting more.
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Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan
An Armenian Boy’s Memoir of Survival
Aram Haigaz - 2015-03-24 (first published in 1972)
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"Four Years in the Mountains of Kurdistan" is a powerful memoir that recounts the experiences of a young Armenian boy who survived the brutal genocide of his people at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. Forced to convert to Islam in order to survive, he spent four years as a slave and shepherd living among Kurdish tribes. This book offers a firsthand account of a dark period in history and also reads as a poignant coming-of-age story."
Family of Shadows by Garin K. Hovannisian
Survivors by Donald E. E. Miller, Lorna Touryan Miller
As the Poppies Bloomed by Maral Boyadjian
The Caucasus by Thomas de Waal
Children of Armenia by Michael Bobelian
History of Armenia by Captivating History
The Spice Box Letters by Eve Makis
To the Desert by Vahram Dadrian, Ara Sarafian, Agop J Hacikyan
Passage To Ararat by Michael J. Arlen
The Road from Home by David Kherdian
Rediscovering Armenia by Raffi Kojian, Brady Kiesling