Deep Mountain

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From the Armenian communities of Venice Beach and Paris, to Turkey and Armenia, Deep Mountain is a nuanced and moving exploration of the living history and continuing denial of the Armenian genocide. Encountering writers, thinkers and activists from across the Turkish-Armenian divide, Ece Temelkuran weaves together an absorbing account of the role of national myths and memories, and how they are sustained and distorted over time, both within Turkey and Armenia, as well as among the vast Armenian diasporas of ...
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Overview

From the Armenian communities of Venice Beach and Paris, to Turkey and Armenia, Deep Mountain is a nuanced and moving exploration of the living history and continuing denial of the Armenian genocide. Encountering writers, thinkers and activists from across the Turkish-Armenian divide, Ece Temelkuran weaves together an absorbing account of the role of national myths and memories, and how they are sustained and distorted over time, both within Turkey and Armenia, as well as among the vast Armenian diasporas of France and America. Deep Mountain is both a brilliant, personal exploration of one of the most enduring and intractable issues of our time, and an illuminating look at the part nationalism plays in the way we see ourselves and others.
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Editorial Reviews

Theodore Zeldin
“Ece Temelkuran dissects the process by which false and true national memories are created and why they are sustained ... This is a book that transforms this ancient Armenian-Turkish dispute into a human drama.”
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“Ece Temelkuran dissects the process by which false and true national memories are created and why they are sustained ... This is a book that transforms this ancient Armenian-Turkish dispute into a human drama.”—Theodore Zeldin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844674237
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 6/14/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ece Temelkuran is one of Turkey’s best-known journalists and political commentators, writing regularly for the Turkish newspaper Habertürk. She has published widely and won numerous awards for her work, including the Pen for Peace Award and Turkish Journalist of the Year.
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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction 1

Part I "Young lady, at least we have a soul"

1 "I didn't steal anyone's mountain" 13

2 "I'm a reporter from Alaska" 27

3 "Don't you ever get tired of the ágenocide issue'?" 42

4 One, two, three...Long live the Turks! 54

5 "If ágenocide' is in quotes I'll get around it" 67

6 "Open your bags, please!" 77

7 My "appealing" Armenians 87

Part II "Numbed by the constant accusations"

8 "Paris is going to be great---just great!" 97

9 "There are three kinds of Armenian" 102

10 "If I don't say ágenocide' I won't be able to look myself in the mirror" 110

11 "We're passing on traditions, not rage" 117

12 Good vs. Evil 128

13 "I'm tired of living with corpses" 138

14 "If only this thing would get resolved" 149

15 The daughters of ghosts 159

16 "A land of dead doves" 167

Part III "I'd like to set out on a journey, too, and get to know the Turks"

17 No laughing matter 179

18 What do mothers love more than their children? 193

19 "May the air ring with our stamping feet!" 202

20 "Locked horns" 209

21 Do Armenians get to play golf? 216

22 "A velvet purse" 224

23 "When in Rome..." 231

24 My Armenian sister 245

Postscript 251

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