This Angelic Land

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Fiction. The 1992 Los Angeles Rodney King Riots were the most destructive riots in United States history. To date, no work of literary fiction has broached the subject matter head-on. In THIS ANGELIC LAND, Aris Janigian—author of Bloodvine and Riverbig—tells the story of Adam Derderian, a hip, twenty-seven year old bar owner during his six-day journey through the surreal heart of Los Angeles and one of the city's darkest episodes.

Seeming to carry scant memory of Lebanon's ...

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Fiction. The 1992 Los Angeles Rodney King Riots were the most destructive riots in United States history. To date, no work of literary fiction has broached the subject matter head-on. In THIS ANGELIC LAND, Aris Janigian—author of Bloodvine and Riverbig—tells the story of Adam Derderian, a hip, twenty-seven year old bar owner during his six-day journey through the surreal heart of Los Angeles and one of the city's darkest episodes.

Seeming to carry scant memory of Lebanon's civil war, from which Derderian had fled while still a boy, the landscape of the riots now find him revisiting the world he thought he had escaped. Derderian engages with Armenian gangsters, members of the Nation of Islam, a Hancock Park Playboy, and a Kurdish scenic artist as he watches his always uneasy adopted city ransacked and set ablaze.

Unflinchingly candid and ingeniously crafted—THIS ANGELIC LAND is a brave and timely tour de force that reckons with the American soul.

Issued in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the 1992 LA riots.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780981854717
  • Publisher: West of West
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 234
  • Sales rank: 1,041,720
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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A second-generation Armenian American, Aris Janigian was born in Fresno, California, and currently lives in Los Angeles with his family. He returns to the Fresno area annually to work as a grape packer and shipper. He is the author of Bloodvine and Riverbig. He is also the coauthor, with April Greiman, of Something from Nothing.
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  • Posted June 4, 2012

    This is a rare book where a riveting subject is met head on with

    This is a rare book where a riveting subject is met head on with brilliant writing. The scene of Rodney King getting beaten by the LAPD is so well written, so poetic, it's almost difficult to believe this actually happened. The tale does let up in the quality of the writing or the power of the story until the very end. The only thing I find disturbing about this book is that it is NOT on the best seller list. One of the best books I've read about Los Angeles.

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