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The Rage of the Vultures
     

The Rage of the Vultures

by Barry Unsworth
 
"A novel of revelation . . . haunting." —The New Yorker
It is May 1908 and the Ottoman world is crumbling. Robert Markham, an Englishman in Constantinople, is newly posted to the British legation with his imperious wife and overly curious son. Markham's hidden life is about to make itself known as he forgets familial and patriotic ties in order to absolve a

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"A novel of revelation . . . haunting." —The New Yorker
It is May 1908 and the Ottoman world is crumbling. Robert Markham, an Englishman in Constantinople, is newly posted to the British legation with his imperious wife and overly curious son. Markham's hidden life is about to make itself known as he forgets familial and patriotic ties in order to absolve a deep-seated guilt. Twelve years before, he had been involved with an Armenian woman. On the evening of their engagement, the Armenian massacres erupted. Saved by his British citizenship, he witnessed the brutal rape and murder of his fiancee. Amid the breakdown of the Turkish empire, he now seeks revenge.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Unsworth's stories of familial secrets and revenge are in paper for the first time. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395325261
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
02/28/1983
Edition description:
1st American ed
Pages:
443

Meet the Author

Barry Unsworth (1930-2012), who won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger, was a Booker Prize finalist for Morality Play and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize for The Ruby in Her Navel.

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