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Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Townby Christopher de Bellaigue
In 2001, Christopher de Bellaigue wrote a story for The New York Review of Books, in which he briefly discussed the killing and deportation of half a million Armenians from Turkey in 1915. These massacres, he suggested, were best understood as part of the struggles that attended the end/i>/b>
"A finely written, brave, and very personal book." -Orhan Pamuk
In 2001, Christopher de Bellaigue wrote a story for The New York Review of Books, in which he briefly discussed the killing and deportation of half a million Armenians from Turkey in 1915. These massacres, he suggested, were best understood as part of the struggles that attended the end of the Ottoman Empire. Upon publication, the Review was besieged with letters asserting that this was not war but genocide. How had he gotten it so wrong? De Bellaigue set out for Turkey's troubled southeast to discover what really happened. What emerged is both an intellectual detective story and a reckoning with memory and identity. Rebel Land unravels the enigma of the Turkish twentieth century-a time that contains the death of an empire, the founding of a nation, and the near extinction of a people.
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Meet the Author
Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London and spent the past decade in the Middle East and South Asia. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for a number of publications, including the Financial Times, The Economist, and The New York Review of Books. His previous book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs, was shortlisted for the 2004 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize.
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An interesting combination of history, politics, war, feuds and genocide in Anatolia (district of Varto). After the author had wrote a couple of pro-Turkish articles concerning the Armenian genocide of 1915 for a magazine, he recieved several complaints indicating that he was biased and hadnt researched his subject matter. With that in hand, de Bellaigue decided to rectify the situation by traveling to Eastern Turkey and doing first hand research and interviews to see what he had missed. Along the way he dicovers deceptions, cover-ups, fear, and an area that is still at war with itself. Not much has changed, apparently, in the last 100 years. An interesting book for anyone interested in the regions, ethnic, religious, and political history(Armenian, Turk, Kurd) but wrote in a difficult style. This is not an easy read and has some graphic violence as well as politics that some ethnic groups may not like. To me it was disturbing but honest.