Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town

Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town

by Christopher de Bellaigue

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Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town by Christopher de Bellaigue

"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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ISBN-13: 9780143118848
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Christopher de Bellaigue has worked as a journalist in South Asia and the Middle East, writing for The Economist, the Guardian, and The New York Review of Books. He is the award-winning author of four books, has made several BBC television and radio documentaries, and has been a visiting fellow at the universities of Harvard and Oxford. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae x

Map of Turkey and Her Neighbours xii

Prologue: The Mirror 1

Map of the District of Varto 12

1 An Infinity of Shapes 14

Map of the Town of Varto 25

2 Rebel Land 77

3 The Massacre of Newala Ask 85

4 Great Man 112

5 The Death of Mehmet Serif Firat 150

6 Gumgum! 164

7 Scab 187

8 The Siege of Varto 204

9 Deep State 237

10 The Captain's Victory 258

Epilogue: The Silver Belt 262

Acknowledgements 265

Bibliography 267

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Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Marek More than 1 year ago
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.
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