Rebel Land

Rebel Land : Among Turkey's Forgotten Peoples

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What is the meaning of love and death in a remote, forgotten, impossibly conflicted part of the world? In Rebel Land the 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 more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 32mm | 511g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 0747586284
  • 9780747586289
  • 883,281

About Christopher de Bellaigue

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 more

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111 ratings
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4 30% (33)
3 38% (42)
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'This journey to Eastern Turkey and the town of Varto where de Bellaigue lived becomes an examination of the way crises and ethnic wars develop where people care deeply about land and spill blood to avoid extinction. De Bellaigue makes the investigation personal and layered; he does not shrink from the obstructions thrown up by bureaucrats or taciturn witnesses; he dares to show the attractive and repellent sides of the participants in these bitter struggles between Turks, Kurds and Armenians. In a region where so much of the past is blurred by denial, this book gives us much greater understanding.' The Orwell Prize is Britain's most prestigious prize for political writing. The Book Prize judges for 2010 were Jonathan Heawood (director, English PEN), Andrew Holgate (literary editor, Sunday Times) and Francine Stock (writer and broadcaster).show more
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