There Was and There Was Not

There Was and There Was Not

A Journey Through Hate and Possibility in Turkey, Armenia, and Beyond

Book - 2014
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A young Armenian-American goes to Turkey in a 'love thine enemy' experiment that becomes a transformative reflection on how we use-- and abuse-- our personal histories.
Publisher: New York, New York : Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780805097627
Branch Call Number: 956.6201 TOUMANI
Characteristics: x, 286 pages : map ; 24 cm


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Oct 13, 2015

Lightweight, personal diary by narcissistic fashion journalist who travels to Turkey to see why Armenians aren't liked.

ChristchurchLib Feb 08, 2015

One hundred years ago this year, Ottoman Turks began systematically killing one million or so Armenians; many modern Turks say this never happened, while many modern Armenians want official recognition that it did. Needless to say, the two groups don't get along. Meline Toumani, an Armenian American raised in New Jersey who was taught to hate the Turks, examines the legacy of the genocide of 1915 by spending four years in Istanbul -- a place she once thought she'd never set foot. Excellently blending memoir, travelogue, history, and reportage, this nuanced portrait of Turkey examines what she discovered there and how it transformed her." Armchair Travel February 2015 newsletter

eferry Dec 05, 2014

For anyone interested in or involved with Armenian-Turkish relations, Toumani presents her own oft-conflicted experience as an American Armenian living both in the US and abroad in Turkey. She is clear about her own struggles with the modern fight for genocide recognition and the consequences thereof.

While Toumani is not giving a history lesson, her book is an awfully telling story of the effects that our upbringing and experiences have on our reality. The trials of both staying true to her beliefs but also keeping an open mind to the conflicting beliefs of others, especially while she is living abroad, are issues we can all sympathize with.

This book does not present a 'solution' to current problems in Armenian-Turkish relations, but brings light to some often-forgotten problems that keep dialogues from advancing.


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