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Peter Balakian was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on June 13, 1951. He received a B.A. from Bucknell University, a M.A. from New York University, and a Ph.D. in American civilization from Brown University. He has been an English professor at Colgate University since 1980. His collections of poetry vis mere including Father Fisheye, Sad Days of Light, Reply from Wilderness Island, Dyer's Thistle, June-Tree: New and Selected Poems 1974-2000, Ziggurat, and Ozone Journal, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He has also written works of nonfiction including Theodore Roethke's Far Fields and The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response. His memoir, Black Dog of Fate, won the PEN/Albrand Prize for memoir. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Armenian Golgotha: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide, 1915-1918 (1922) — Oversætter — 155 eksemplarer
Antaeus No. 69, Fall 1992 (1992) — Bidragyder — 6 eksemplarer

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This story is a slow build, starts with the author's childhood in New Jersey and how his Armenian roots are sprinkled into the background of his personal story for years, until he begins to come to grips with the true story of what happened to his family in 1915 after some members of his family are more forthcoming about what they know, and the documents they possess that are revealed to him. It is compelling, disturbing, and absolutely necessary. I write this twenty five years on from its publication date, but that doesn't really matter to the story itself.… (mere)
Cantsaywhy | 6 andre anmeldelser | Dec 6, 2022 |
Published in 1997, this book is Peter Balakian’s memoir of his time growing up in New Jersey in the 1950s-1970. It relates how he eventually traced his family’s tragic stories that occurred during the Armenian genocide in Turkey in 1915. He grew up mostly unaware of his family’s experiences. His older relatives had been reluctant to discuss the past, believing young people should be shielded from these harsh realities, and Balakian had only some hints that unsettled him. He eventually read a book about the massacre of Armenians in Turkey, written by the American Ambassador to the Ottomon Empire, Henry Morgenthau. He also obtained family legal documents that shed light on what had happened to his ancestors.

The first half of the book is focused on the author’s early interactions with his grandmother. They live in suburban neighborhood, and bond over a shared love of baseball. She tells him stories, one of which is a parable about the titular black dog, and says, “Appearances are deceiving. The world is not what you think.” Balakian selects episodes that illustrate his family’s preservation of the Armenian culture.

There are a number of literary references in this work – Armenian authors and artists – as well as Armenian cuisine and religion. He confronts genocide deniers. He links the Armenian genocide to what happened later in Nazi Germany and addresses the dangers of nationalistic thinking – an issue we still deal with today.

It is beautifully written. Balakian is a distinguished poet, and it shows in his writing. A few poems relating to his heritage are included. I was expecting that the author would have travelled to the region, but if he did, it is not part of this memoir.
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Castlelass | 6 andre anmeldelser | Oct 30, 2022 |
My friend Ed picked this one a few summers ago when Joel was preparing to teach a Genocide course. We were all affected by the book. Ed was bothered by Joel's ultimate distinction that genocide as a legal term didn't occur against the Armenians. That sevred their friendship in a sense. I am still glad to have embarked on the opprtunity.
jonfaith | 6 andre anmeldelser | Feb 22, 2019 |
A Pulitzer Prize winning collection of poetry that is well worth all the acclaim. These poems are dripping with history and a vast array of geographical settings. But what is most distinguishing is the tight construction and the unique and personal subject matter that the author brings to light. The title of the book is based on the longest ,poem in the book but most are a comfortable 1 -3 pages. Based on his poetry I will certainly check out the author's memoir and other writings.
muddyboy | Nov 5, 2016 |


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