The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

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by Franz Werfel
     
 

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The book that first drew America's attention to the Armenian Genocide, which began 100 years ago on April 24, 1915.

The Forty Days of Musa Dagh is Franz Werfel's masterpiece, bringing him international acclaim and a BOMC Main Selection.

First published in 1933, the chilling and riveting story takes place along the Anatolian coast in the mountain villages

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The book that first drew America's attention to the Armenian Genocide, which began 100 years ago on April 24, 1915.

The Forty Days of Musa Dagh is Franz Werfel's masterpiece, bringing him international acclaim and a BOMC Main Selection.

First published in 1933, the chilling and riveting story takes place along the Anatolian coast in the mountain villages that chose to disobey the deportation order of the Turkish government, fearlessly repelling Turkish soldiers and police throughout the summer of 1915. Most significantly, it is the first book to deal seriously with "ethnic cleansing," an early clarion call that some heard but few heeded. This edition presents the first full English translation, with an introduction by Vartan Gregorian.

In every sense, a true and thrilling novel.—The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781567924077
Publisher:
Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/07/2012
Pages:
824
Sales rank:
147,143
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 2.10(d)

Meet the Author

Franz Werfel, the great German-language poet, essayist, novelist, and dramatist, was born in Prague in 1890. He married Alma Mahler-Gropius in 1929 and lived in Vienna, where he wrote his masterpiece, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1933; Godine edition, 2012), until the Anschluss in 1938. Werfel and his wife fled to France, and then to the United States. Like many German émigrés, they settled in Los Angeles, where Werfel died in 1945.

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