Young Man in the Gray Suit

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It is the mid-1950s, four decades after the Armenian genocide. Nour Kardam, an affluent young Turkish lawyer, gets news of his father's sudden death and soon uncovers secrets from his family's past—his father's involvement in the genocide, a corrupt tobacco empire, and an Armenian mother he does not remember. Caught in the entanglements of family, history, and politics, Nour travels to New York, where his attempts to find his mother and protect his father's legacy lead him to rethink love, loyalty, and ...

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Overview

It is the mid-1950s, four decades after the Armenian genocide. Nour Kardam, an affluent young Turkish lawyer, gets news of his father's sudden death and soon uncovers secrets from his family's past—his father's involvement in the genocide, a corrupt tobacco empire, and an Armenian mother he does not remember. Caught in the entanglements of family, history, and politics, Nour travels to New York, where his attempts to find his mother and protect his father's legacy lead him to rethink love, loyalty, and wrongdoing. In this evocative sequel to A Summer without Dawn, Agop Hacikyan imagines the rebuilding of lives in the Armenian diaspora and the possibility of reconciliation in the face of communal trauma.

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Hacikyan resumes his Turkish-American saga that began in 2000's A Summer without Dawn with this sweeping sequel. In 1955, Nour Kardam, son of Riza Bey, finds his position as head of the successful firm Kardam & Sons Tobacco International precarious after his father's death. When Nour tries to deal with a corrupt but long-established company underling, he inadvertently angers his five half-brothers and three half-sisters, a problem exacerbated after Nour's role as their father's executor makes him responsible for locating Riza's Armenian mistress, Maro Balian, and paying out funds to her. That charge leads Nour to revelations both about his father's involvement in Turkey's shameful treatment of Armenians and his own parentage. His search leads to New York City, where Maro has settled with husband Vartan Armen, raised a family, and run a newspaper for the Armenian community. Besides dealing with treachery within his family and his company, Nour finds an illicit love before eventually coming to terms with his complex heritage. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566569071
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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