Family of Shadows: A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream

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Harper Collins, Sep 21, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Combining the historical urgency of The Burning Tigris, the cultural sweep of Middlesex, and the psychological complexity of Bending Toward the Sun, Garin K. Hovannisian's Family of Shadows is a searing history of Armenia, realized through the lives of three generations of a single family. In Family of Shadows, Hovannisian traces the arc of his family's changing relationship to its motherland, from his great-grandfather's flight to America after surviving the Armenian Genocide to his father Raffi Hovannisian's repatriation and subsequent climb to political prominence as the head of the Heritage Party. Hovannisian's articles on Armenian issues, including the Genocide, the Armenian Diaspora, and the challenges of post-Soviet statehood, have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Armenian Observer, Ararat, and numerous other publications.

 

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FAMILY OF SHADOWS: A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream

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A journalist debuts with a memoir of the struggles of his Armenian family to survive the political and military complexities and cruelties of the past century.The history of Armenia is tangled, and ... Read full review

Contents

wasteland
3
army of orphans
21
happy Go lucky
38
onward immortals
60
monument to the ignored
78
almost heaven
95
The Partys over
119
Fax machine
150
Strangers
179
The road to Unreachable Glory
208
Epilogue
244
Notes
259
Language and Transliteration
269
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Garin K. Hovannisian is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing and the Lynton Award for Book Writing. He lives in Los Angeles and Yerevan, Armenia. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Liberty.

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