Rebel Land: Among Turkey's Forgotten Peoples

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Bloomsbury, 2010 - Varto (Turkey) - 270 pages
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What is the meaning of love and death in a remote, forgotten, impossibly conflicted part of the world? In Rebel Landthe acclaimed author and journalist Christopher de Bellaigue journeys to Turkey's inhospitable eastern provinces to find out. Immersing himself in the achingly beautiful district of Varto, a place left behind in Turkey's march to modernity, medieval in its attachment to race and religious sect, he explores the violent history of conflict between Turks, Kurds and Armenians, and the maelstrom, of emotion and memories, that defines its inhabitants even today.

The result is a compellingly personal account of one man's search into the past, as de Bellaigue, mistrusted by all he meets, and particularly by the secret agents of the State, applies his investigative flair and fluent Turkish to unlock jealously-guarded taboos and hold humanity's excesses up to the light of a very modern sensibility.

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Review: Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town

User Review  - Cyrus Carter - Goodreads

Thought-provoking piece. Worth a read as the area is becoming central to a dialogue about new relations among peoples. Read full review

Review: Rebel Land: Unraveling the Riddle of History in a Turkish Town

User Review  - Bill Murray - Goodreads

Great writing style. The question of Turkish minorities may not be mass appeal, but this book is great. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Christopher de Bellaigue was born in London and has spent the past decade in the Middle East and South Asia. He has worked as a foreign correspondent for a number of publications including the Independent, the Financial Times,the Economist,and the New York Review of Books.

His previous book was shortlisted for the 2004 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize

He lives in Tehran with his wife and son.

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