Blood-Dark Track by Joseph O'Neill
A Family History

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From the bestselling and PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of Netherland, a fascinating, personal, and beautifully crafted family history.

Joseph O'Neill's grandfathers--one Turkish, one Irish--were both imprisoned for suspected subversion during the Second World War. The Irish grandfather, a handsome rogue from a family of small farmers, was an active member of the IRA. O'Neill's other grandfather, a debonair hotelier from the tiny and threatened Turkish Christian minority, was interned by the British in Palestine on suspicion of being an Axis spy.

With intellect, compassion, and grace, O'Neill sets the stories of these individuals against the history of the last century's most inhuman events.
 

About Joseph O'Neill

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Joseph O'Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1964 and grew up in Mozambique, South Africa, Iran, Turkey, and Holland. His previous works include the novels This Is the Life and The Breezes and the nonfiction book Blood-Dark Track, a family history centered on the mysterious imprisonment of both his grandfathers during World War II, which was a New York Times Notable Book. He writes regularly for The Atlantic Monthly. He lives with his family in New York City.
 
Published October 5, 2010 by Vintage. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, War, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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An unwieldy family memoir that also yields some choice scenes, centering on a brace of grandfathers interned for suspected enemy sympathies, from novelist O'Neill (This Is the Life, 1991).

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At some point in my childhood I became aware that during the second world war, my Turkish grandfather - a Christian hotelier named Joseph Dakad, who lived in Mersin, a port in south-east Turkey - had been imprisoned by the British in Palestine, a place exotically absent from any atlas.

Feb 10 2001 | Read Full Review of Blood-Dark Track: A Family Hi...

Oregon Live

In Joseph O'Neill's "Blood-Dark Track: A Family History," a memoir published in the U.K.

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London Review of Books

When Eileen wonders aloud what her husband might have done with education and opportunities, her grandson speculates whether Jim O’Neill’s internment at the Curragh, and even his political convictions, might have been manifestations of an unnamed ‘deeper captivity’: Poverty was a cage of sorts, c...

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Bookmarks Magazine

O'Neill's other grandfather, a debonair hotelier from the tiny and threatened Turkish Christian minority, was interned by the British in Palestine on suspicion of being an Axis spy.

With intellect, compassion, and grace, O'Neill sets the stories of these individuals against the history of ...

Oct 03 2010 | Read Full Review of Blood-Dark Track: A Family Hi...

Austin Chronicle

Joseph O'Neill put himself on the literary map a couple of years ago with his wonderfully crafted, PEN/Faulkner Award-winning novel Netherland.

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Statesman.com

O'Neill's grandfathers were stubborn and unyielding, dedicated to a political cause (in the case of James O'Neill) or to the pursuit of a sybaritic cosmopolitanism in the face of world war (for Joseph Dakak).

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