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Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918 (Vintage)

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On April 24, 1915, Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other leaders of Constantinople's Armenian community. It was the beginning of the Ottoman Empire's systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian people from Turkey — a campaign that continued through World War I and the fall of the empire. Over the next four years, Balakian would bear witness to a seemingly endless caravan of blood, surviving to recount his miraculous escape and expose the atrocities that led to over a million deaths.

Armenian Golgotha is Balakian's devastating eyewitness account — a haunting reminder of the first modern genocide and a controversial historical document that is destined to become a classic of survivor literature.

Review:

"A fascinating first-hand testimony to a monumental crime." The New Yorker

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"Gripping. . . . A powerful and important book. . . . It takes its place as one of the key first-hand sources for understanding the Armenian Genocide." The New Republic

Review:

"Powerful. . . . Riveting. . . . A poignant, often harrowing story about the resiliency of the human spirit [and] a window on a moment in history that most Americans only dimly understand." Washington Post

Review:

"An immensely moving, harrowing memoir that instantly takes its place as a classic alongside Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz and Elie Wiesel's Night." The Chronicle of Higher Education

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"Read this heartbreaking book. Armenian Golgotha describes the suffering, agony and massacre of innumerable Armenian families almost a century ago; its memory must remain a lesson for more than one generation." Elie Wiesel, author of Night

Review:

"Monumental. . . . Balakian provides strong evidence that these gruesome proceedings were carried out under official orders from the highest level. . . . For generations to come Armenian Golgotha will remain a first-hand documentation of a historic tragedy written from the perspective of a talented scholar." Boston Sunday Globe

Review:

"[A work] of exceptional interest and scholarship." Slate

Review:

"An essential memoir, a lively and extraordinary life story. . . . This is more than an eyewitness account, it is a masterful history in its own right." Seth J. Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post

About the Author

Born in 1876, Grigoris Balakian was one of the leading Armenian intellectuals of his generation. Educated in Germany and in the Ottoman Empire, he was ordained as a celibate priest in 1901 and served the Armenian Apostolic Church as an emissary to Europe, Russia in particular. He wrote several books, some of which were confiscated by the Turkish government in 1915 or subsequently lost. He later became bishop of the Armenian Apostolic Church in southern France. He died in Marseilles in 1934.

Peter Balakian is the author of The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and Americas Response, winner of the 2005 Raphael Lemkin Prize, a New York Times best seller, and a New York Times Notable Book; and of Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of Memoir, also a New York Times Notable Book. Grigoris Balakian was his great-uncle.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400096770
Author:
Grigoris Balakian and Peter Balakian
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Translator:
Balakian, Peter
Translator:
Sevag, Aris
Author:
Grigoris Balakian
Author:
Grigoris Balakian
Author:
Balakian, Peter
Subject:
Middle East - Turkey
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
World History-Middle East
Subject:
history;armenia;turkey;genocide
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 PP. BandW; 5 MAPS
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.24x6.58x1.19 in. 1.55 lbs.

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Product details 576 pages Vintage - English 9781400096770 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A fascinating first-hand testimony to a monumental crime."
"Review" by , "Gripping. . . . A powerful and important book. . . . It takes its place as one of the key first-hand sources for understanding the Armenian Genocide."
"Review" by , "Powerful. . . . Riveting. . . . A poignant, often harrowing story about the resiliency of the human spirit [and] a window on a moment in history that most Americans only dimly understand."
"Review" by , "An immensely moving, harrowing memoir that instantly takes its place as a classic alongside Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz and Elie Wiesel's Night."
"Review" by , "Read this heartbreaking book. Armenian Golgotha describes the suffering, agony and massacre of innumerable Armenian families almost a century ago; its memory must remain a lesson for more than one generation."
"Review" by , "Monumental. . . . Balakian provides strong evidence that these gruesome proceedings were carried out under official orders from the highest level. . . . For generations to come Armenian Golgotha will remain a first-hand documentation of a historic tragedy written from the perspective of a talented scholar."
"Review" by , "[A work] of exceptional interest and scholarship."
"Review" by , "An essential memoir, a lively and extraordinary life story. . . . This is more than an eyewitness account, it is a masterful history in its own right."
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