Black Dog Of Fate by Peter Balakian
A Memoir

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In this tenth anniversary edition of his award-winning memoir, New York Times bestselling author Peter Balakian has expanded his compelling story about growing up in the baby-boom suburbs of the ’50s and ’60s and coming to understand what happened to his family in the first genocide of the twentieth century—the Ottoman Turkish government’s extermination of more than one million Armenians in 1915.

In this new edition, Balakian continues his exploration of the Armenian Genocide with new chapters about his journey to Aleppo and his trip to the Der Zor desert of Syria in his pursuit of his grandmother’s life, bringing us closer to the twentieth century’s first genocide.

 

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Published January 21, 2009 by Basic Books. 378 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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The author encounters a ``Bishop Balakian's'' memoir of the atrocities, which he describes as ``like reading a skeleton,'' the words ``like pieces of bone.'' This and the other excerpted primary sources through which the dead speak provide dramatic perspective, authenticating the nightmare.

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Some memoirs are compelling for the private dramas they make public, others for the historic events to which they give witness and still others for the quality of their prose and its structuring. Prec

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(May) FYI: Balakian's aunt Nona Balakian was a longtime editor at the New York Times Book Review;

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While I find his writing to be highly self-indulgent (he never once lets you forget that this is HIS story about HIS family) it’s an excellent way of finding an entry into a story that is bigger than you (no matter how hard you try to put yourself into it).

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He left among his papers this unfinished memoir of his coming of age during the rise of the Nazis, written when he was in his twenties in exile in England.

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