Category: Book Reviews

BOOK REVIEW:  Erdogan Indicted: David L. Phillips’ An Uncertain Ally: Turkey Under Erdogan’s Dictatorship (Transaction Publishers, 2017)

BOOK REVIEW: Erdogan Indicted: David L. Phillips’ An Uncertain Ally: Turkey Under Erdogan’s Dictatorship (Transaction Publishers, 2017)

By Aram Arkun Mirror-Spectator Staff As the publisher’s website for An Uncertain Ally proclaims, the book is an outright indictment of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, current president of the Republic of Turkey, who is referred to as a dictator. It is not a scholarly study, but rather a political history concluding with policy recommendations for the […]

City of Orphans by Nora Nercessian: Book Review

City of Orphans by Nora Nercessian: Book Review

By Aram Arkun Mirror-Spectator Staff The destruction of the Armenian Genocide manifested itself in countless ways. One was the huge number of children left orphaned. The largest orphanage in the world at that time was created as a result. In 2016, after nearly a century, Nora N. Nercessian published the first monographic study of this […]

Review: The Spice Box Letters: A Story of Loss, Hope and Love

Review: The Spice Box Letters: A Story of Loss, Hope and Love

By Olya Yordanyan Special to the Mirror-Spectator BOSTON — More than 1,5 million Armenian perished from 1915 to 1923 in the Ottoman Empire. That number is so large that it is almost abstract; it is only when stories of survivors are told, resonating with suffering and hope, that they can put a picture with the […]

A Century of Violence: Revisiting the Armenian Genocide

A Century of Violence: Revisiting the Armenian Genocide

By Walter Kalaidjian For a century, the Armenian Genocide has remained an indelible black mark on the ledger of modernity. The systematic murder of over one million Armenians perpetrated by Ottoman Turkish authorities during World War I bequeathed a legacy of trauma whose delayed recognition has unfolded only gradually. In the classic formula of post-traumatic […]

Retracing the Path of the Genocide, History Becomes Contemporary

Retracing the Path of the Genocide, History Becomes Contemporary

By Aram Arkun Mirror-Spectator Staff WATERTOWN – With a hundred years now having passed after the start of the Armenian Genocide, the immediacy of the event has most obviously faded away. The generation of survivors of the Genocide is nearly all gone now from the earth, and even their children are elderly. Nonetheless, the story […]

Apples in Square Boxes Grin at Me

Apples in Square Boxes Grin at Me

The Armenian Genocide in Literature, by Rubina Peroomian Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, 2015   Apples in Square Boxes Grin at Me   By Arpine Konyalian Grenier Here is Prof. Rubina Peroomian with her fourth volume on the subject, this one on the literature of second-generation (post-genocide) Armenians. It reads like a compendium of sorts unfolding the […]

Memoirs of Napoleon’s Dashing Armenian Bodyguard Published

Memoirs of Napoleon’s Dashing Armenian Bodyguard Published

By Aram Arkun Mirror-Spectator Staff Roustam Raza (1781-1845), kidnapped as a child in the Caucasus and sold seven times, was trained in Egypt as a Mamluk but ended up as Napoleon Bonaparte’s bodyguard, valet and confidant for some fifteen years. The Memoirs of Roustam: Napoleon’s Mamluk Imperial Bodyguard (London: Bennet and Bloom, 2014), translated into […]

Review: Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian

Review: Ozone Journal by Peter Balakian

By Keith Jones In his most recent collection, Ozone Journal (2015), the poet Peter Balakian braids the “mental thing” of which da Vinci spoke, with things, as he puts it, “on the horizon.” This new volume extends in feel and atmosphere, as well as in its tripartite form, Balakian’s previous collection of poems, entitled Ziggurat (2010), a marvelous combine, à […]