My Grandmother: A Memoir

My Grandmother: A Memoir

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by Fethiye Cetin
     
 

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An urgent, passionate memoir of the author’s discovery of her Muslim grandmother’s true Armenian Christian identity.See more details below

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An urgent, passionate memoir of the author’s discovery of her Muslim grandmother’s true Armenian Christian identity.

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Elif Shafak
“A compelling and beautifully written account of family stories and secrets, and a heartfelt call to peace and harmony.”
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“A compelling and beautifully written account of family stories and secrets, and a heartfelt call to peace and harmony.”—Elif Shafak

My Grandmother ... refuses to be sidetracked by the issues it raises: it is a tribute to the woman, an expression of shared pain, and a plea for reconciliation. That it was a bestseller in Turkey should tell you something.”—Guardian

“Gripping and thought-provoking ... Spare and elegant ... This moving testimony transcend politics and brings the Armenian tragedy to life with tenderness as well as sadness.”—Independent

“Sober and heartbreaking.”—Financial Times

“The author’s acute sensibility and ear for detail set this account apart ... two brave voices ring through this book: hers and her grandmother’s.”—New Internationalist

“A remarkable book.”—Irish Times

“This is a story that cries out to be told.”—Tribune

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Cetin recounts the 1915 Armenian genocide, when the Turks sent thousands of Armenian people to their deaths. After they rounded up the men, they slit their throats, and marched the women and children until most of them died. Literally snatched out of her mother's arms, Christian-born Heranus was rescued from death by a Muslim gendarme who brought her up as the Muslim girl Seher. Treated as a servant by his wife, Seher eventually married the son, and unsuccessfully searched for her family. The Turks euphemistically called the Armenians "converts," or those who have impure blood. Those who survived the marches were called "the leftovers of the sword." Cetin was an adult when she learned of these horrors and of her grandmother's original family; and her grandmother implored her to help find them, which Cetin set out to do. It is not always clear who is narrating, and Cetin often tells readers something through one individual and then again through another. In spite of these slight problems, My Grandmother is a fascinating account of a story that needs to be heard by teens. It well deserves to be used in world history class, or as a biography for genre assignments in English classes.-Ellen Bell, Amador Valley High School, Pleasanton, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781844671694
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
03/01/2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

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Elif Shafak
A compelling and beautifully written account of family stories and secrets, and a heartfelt call to peace and harmony.

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