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Rebel Land

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 sensibility.
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Series such as Michael Palin's New Europe have raised awareness of Europe's forgotten nations Based on the people of Turkey, this book will appeal to fans of William Dalrymple's travel writing such as City of Djinns and Mark Mazower's Salonica: Christians, Muslims and Jews 1430-1950, as well as Jan Morris and Colin Thubron Christopher de Bellaigue's previous book, In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs, was shortlisted for the 2004 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize

About the Author

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.


'A finely-written, brave and very personal book' Orhan Pamuk 'Sifting through propaganda, partisan accounts and evasive oral histories, de Bellaigue delivers a comprehensive primer in Turkish political history' Guardian 'This marvellous book is a classic, not just of travel writing, but as a simple exposition of a reporter's job; to travel, spend time somewhere, and report. It should also be included on the Turkish education syllabus, but that, I think, will have to wait for a while' Literary Review 'A brilliant literary thriller, an incursion into forbidden territory that is all the more gripping for being true' The Times

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