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DescriptionThe Ottoman Empire, 1915 On the Black Sea coast, Anyush Charcoudian dances at her friend's wedding, dreaming of a life beyond her small Armenian village. Defying tradition, she embarks on a secret and dangerous affair with a Turkish officer, Captain Jahan Orfalea. As the First World War rages, the Armenian people are branded enemies of the state, and atrocities grow day by day. Torn apart and catapulted into a struggle to survive in the face of persecution and hatred, the lovers strive desperately to be reunited.
- Published: 15 May 2014
- Format: Paperback 384 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781847175663 ISBN 10: 184717566X
- Sales rank: 144,105
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Reviews for Anyush
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an insight into Armenian History during the Great War
This is a beautiful and sad historical novel centred on the true events during the First World War and the terrible consequences of the the Armenian people.
In some novels the history can be inaccurate and lacking in detail. This was not the case. This book has come at the right time in that this is the centenary years since the Great War. It is set in 1915 in the Ottoman Empire, fighting the war on the German side. This gives an insight into a period of history that not everyone may be aware of.
There is a love story and I found myself shedding a tear, but also a great sadness for the treatment and atrocities suffered by the Armenian people.
I have read a lot about this war, but had barely touched on this aspect, which needs to be highlighted so that people do not just focus on Britain and its allies and Germany.
This story is about Anyush and the fight to defend her family from the devastation and harms of war.
There is an interesting background to this Irish author and novel, while living in UAE she was told stories by the Armenian diaspora there and gave her an insight into Armenian history which then prompted her to write this novel.
This is a story I shall be thinking about for a long time and would urge my friends and colleagues to read this on two levels, the story and the history. by jane brown