The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

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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...

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Overview

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567924077
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/7/2012
  • Pages: 824
  • Sales rank: 176,287
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Book 1 Coming Events
1. Teskere 3
2. Konak--Hamam--Selamlik 22
3. The Notables of Yoghonoluk 41
4. The First Incident 65
5. Interlude of the Gods 123
6. The Great Assembly 152
7. The Funeral of the Bells 236
Book 2 The Struggle of the Weak
1. Life on the Mountain 295
2. The Exploits of the Boys 338
3. The Procession of Fire 395
4. Sato's Ways 483
Book 3 Disaster, Rescue, the End
1. Interlude of the Gods 529
2. Stephan Sets Out and Returns 566
3. Pain 612
4. Decline and Temptation 637
5. The Altar Flame 679
6. The Script in the Fog 754
7. To the Inexplicable in Us and Above Us! 811
List of Characters 819
Glossary of Armenian and Turkish Terms 821
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    Stirring novel that permeates the human spirit

    How do I begin describing this book? this marvelous novel penned by an Austrian writer who was not indebted to the Armenian people and owed them nothing. How do I describe and compress this eight-hundred page long book into a miniscule summary? The truth of the matter is, is that words alone cannot describe Franz Werfel's 'The Forty Days of Musa Dagh'. It is too grand a story that should, rather, be read by everyone and experienced to the greatest extent possible in the human spirit. The novel revolves around the life and culture of the Armenian people in a Western region of Syria in 1915. The Ottoman Empire, lead by the Young Turkish leadership have enacted the state-wide policy of genocide against the Armenians. Sensing the impending the danger, the 4,000 people of this region are forced to take shelter on the towering and biblical mountain of Musa Dagh. With a Turkish military force encircling the mountain, it is up to the Armenians to defend their way of life or die and vanish into history. I do not wish to impede on others' reviews and assert my position on whether or not they are correct, it is their opinions after all however, those who gave this book a one star rating did it out of malice and contempt over what they see as a misrepresentation of their country's history. Rather they looked at what the book was professing about and instead of placing what they thought of a well-written novel, they placed their version of the events of 1915. It is of no matter, it is up to the reader to gain an understanding from what the reviewer provides. Werfel composes a beaufiful note which instills the reader's spirt with much more than words, it gives them hope, it gives them proof that perhaps there are happy and positive stories that stem from tragedies. Werfel couldn't have done it any better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    passion was involved in writing this masterpiece, passion for the suffered armenian people's fate and for the author's at the moment love for Alma Mahler

    This half forgotten author wrote a masterpeace of the half forgotten fate of the first genocide of the 20th century

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    I've read this book three times: at age 18 (in Hungarian), and


    I've read this book three times: at age 18 (in Hungarian), and at age 38 and 60 respectively, in English.
    No book I've ever read in my lifetime left me with such a deep understanding of how history and
    human tragedy are intimately intertwined. A true masterpiece!
    Thank you Franz Werfel for giving humanity such a legacy.

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