My Grandmother: An Armenian-Turkish Memoir

My Grandmother: An Armenian-Turkish Memoir

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Overview

Growing up in the small town of Maden in Turkey, Fethiye Çetin knew her grandmother as a happy and respected Muslim housewife called Seher.

Only decades later did she discover the truth. Her grandmother’s name was not Seher but Heranus. She was born a Christian Armenian. Most of the men in her village had been slaughtered in 1915. A Turkish gendarme had stolen her from her mother and adopted her. Çetin’s family history tied her directly to the terrible origins of modern Turkey and the organized denial of its Ottoman past as the shared home of many faiths and ways of life.

A deeply affecting memoir, My Grandmother is also a step towards another kind of Turkey, one that is finally at peace with its past.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781844678679
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 07/04/2012
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 626,480
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Fethiye Cetin is a Turkish human-rights lawyer who has represented, among others, Hrant Dink, the Turkish-Armenian journalist assassinated in Istanbul in January 2007. This is her first book.

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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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