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Balakian, Peter 1951-

Works: 50 works in 185 publications in 7 languages and 10,190 library holdings
Genres: Poetry  History  Biography  Personal narratives  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Documentary television programs  Historical television programs  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary films  Sources 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Interviewee, Other
Classifications: DS195.5, 811.54
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The burning Tigris : the Armenian genocide and America's response by Peter Balakian( Book )

44 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and French and held by 2,339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this groundbreaking history of the Armenian Genocide, the critically acclaimed author of the memoir Black Dog of Fate brings us a riveting narrative of the massacres of the Armenians in the 1890s and genocide in 1915 at the hands of the Ottoman Turks. Using rarely seen archival documents and remarkable first-person accounts, Peter Balakian presents the chilling history of how the Young Turk government implemented the first modern genocide behind the cover of World War I. And in the telling, he also resurrects an extraordinary lost chapter of American history. During the United States' ascension in the global arena at the turn of the twentieth century, America's humanitarian movement for Armenia was an important part of the rising nation's first epoch of internationalism. Intellectuals, politicians, diplomats, religious leaders, and ordinary citizens came together to try to save the Armenians. The Burning Tigris reconstructs this landmark American cause that was spearheaded by the passionate commitments and commentaries of a remarkable cast of public figures, including Julia Ward Howe, Clara Barton, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Alice Stone Blackwell, Stephen Crane, and Ezra Pound, as well as courageous missionaries, diplomats, and relief workers who recorded their eyewitness accounts and often risked their lives in the killing fields of Armenia. The crisis of the "starving Armenians" was so embedded in American popular culture that, in an age when a loaf of bread cost a nickel, the American people sent more than $100 million in aid through the American Committee on Armenian Atrocities and its successor, Near East Relief
Armenian Golgotha : a memoir of the Armenian genocide, 1915-1918 by Grigoris Palakʻean( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Never before in English, Armenian Golgotha is the most dramatic and comprehensive eyewitness account of the first modern genocide. On April 24, 1915, the priest Grigoris Balakian was arrested along with some 250 other intellectuals and leaders of Constantinople's Armenian community. It was the beginning of the Ottoman Turkish government's systematic attempt to eliminate the Armenian people from Turkey; it was a campaign that continued through World War I and the fall of the Ottoman Empire, by which time more than a million Armenians had been annihilated and expunged from their historic homeland. For Grigoris Balakian, himself condemned, it was also the beginning of a four-year ordeal during which he would bear witness to a seemingly endless caravan of blood. Balakian sees his countrymen sent in carts, on donkeys, or on foot to face certain death in the desert of northern Syria. Many would not even survive the journey, suffering starvation, disease, mutilation, and rape, among other tortures, before being slaughtered en route. In these pages, he brings to life the words and deeds of survivors, foreign witnesses, and Turkish officials involved in the massacre process, and also of those few brave, righteous Turks who, with some of their German allies working for the Baghdad Railway, resisted orders calling for the death of the Armenians. Miraculously, Balakian manages to escape, and his flight--through forest and over mountain, in disguise as a railroad worker and then as a German soldier--is a suspenseful, harrowing odyssey that makes possible singular testimony"--Page 2 of cover
Theodore Roethke's far fields : the evolution of his poetry by Peter Balakian( Book )

7 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

June-tree : new and selected poems, 1974-2000 by Peter Balakian( Book )

6 editions published between 2001 and 2014 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new collection of poems delves deeply into such topics as human history, ocean fishing, and the Armenian genocide
Ozone journal by Peter Balakian( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 404 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A sequel of sorts to "Ziggurat," published in the Phoenix Poets series in 2010, the title poem from "Ozone Journal" recounts the memory of the speaker's excavating the bones of Armenian genocide victims in the Syrian desert with a TV journalist crew in 2009. The speaker "dreams back," as it were, to the 1980s, when, as a young man in his thirties and caring for a young daughter after a recent divorce, he is having to juggle both personal and cultural/historical complexities living as a single parent in Manhattan. The poems create a montage that has the feel of history as lived experience, with the speaker struggling with the nature of memory as the poems move constantly back and forth to the Syrian desert, the dissolution of his marriage, visits and conversations with a cousin dying of AIDS, and encounters with famous jazz producers at Columbia Records to discuss music. In this book, Peter Balakian aims at the bigger picture of humanity's history of atrocity and trauma, but through short vignettes grounded in everyday situations, and in particular times and places"--Publisher's info
The Armenian genocide by Laurence Jourdan( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 371 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete story of the first Genocide of the 20th century, when over a million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Turks during World War I -- an event that is denied by Turkey to this day. This film features interviews with leading experts in the field, such as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Samantha Power and New York Times best-selling author Peter Balakian. The documentary includes never-before-seen historical footage of the events and key players, including Rafael Lemkin telling the story of how he invented the word Genocide in the 1940s. Featuring the voiceover talents of Ed Harris, Natalie Portman, Laura Linney, and Orlando Bloom
Sad days of light : poems by Peter Balakian( Book )

5 editions published between 1983 and 1993 in English and held by 245 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ziggurat by Peter Balakian( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 199 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Widely known for his memoir and nonfiction on the Armenian genocide, Peter Balakian is also an accomplished poet, and Ziggurat is his first book of poems in nine years. Exploring history, self, and imagination, as well as his ongoing concerns with catastrophe and trauma, many of Balakian's new poems wrestle with the aftermath and reverberations of 9/11. Whether reliving the building of the World Trade Towers in the inventive forty-three section poem that anchors the book, walking the ruins of the Bosnian National Library in Sarajevo, meditating on Andy Warhol's silk screens, or considering the
Dyer's thistle : poems by Peter Balakian( Book )

3 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Dyer's Thistle, Peter Balakian writes a severe and sensual poetry that unfolds discoveries of myth and history. He creates a landscape in which the private self is often inundated by messages of global suffering and must confront an American spiritual predicament. Inventing a language of condensation and leaps. Balakian probes a contemporary notion of the sublime as it oscillates between terror and beauty. In poems like "The Oriental Rug" and "American Dreaming," he finds the threads back to the ancient culture of Armenia, and to the tragedy of the century's first genocide, committed by the Turkish government against its Armenian population. Exile and immigration are as much a part of his music as are rock 'n roll, the Vietnam War, and the dark ironies of growing up in the suburbs of the fifties and sixties
Father Fisheye : poems by Peter Balakian( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vise and shadow : essays on the lyric imagination, poetry, art, and culture by Peter Balakian( Book )

3 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 129 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bloody news from my friend : poems by Siamantʻō( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poems about the genocide of Armenians in Turkey from 1915-1918, as written by a friend of translator Peter Balakian's father
Ambassador Morgenthau's story by Henry Morgenthau( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and Russian and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1918, this book is one of the most insightful and compelling accounts of what became a recurring horror during the 20th century: ethnic cleansing and genocide. While he served as the U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire under Woodrow Wilson from 1913 to 1916, Henry Morgenthau witnessed the rise of a new nationalism in Turkey, one that declared "Turkey for the Turks." He grew alarmed as he received reports from missionaries and consuls in the interior of Turkey that described deportation and massacre of the Armenians. The ambassador beseeched the U.S. government to intervene, but it refrained, leaving Morgenthau without official leverage. His recourse was to appeal personally to the consciences of Ottoman rulers and their German allies; when that failed, he drew international media attention to the genocide and spearheaded private relief efforts
Reply from Wilderness Island : poems by Peter Balakian( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art out of atrocity : works by Alice Lok Cahana and Robert Barsamian by Peter Balakian( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 79 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Letter to Noah : and other poems by Artem Harutʻyunyan( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Invisible estate( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The oriental rug by Peter Balakian( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Black dog of fate : a memoir by Peter Balakian( Book )

8 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first-born son of his generation, Peter Balakian grew up in a close, extended family sheltered by 1950s and '60s New Jersey suburbia and immersed in an all-American boyhood defined by rock 'n' roll, adolescent pranks, and a passion for the New York Yankees that specter of the trauma his family and ancestors had experienced -- the Turkish government's extermination of more than a million Armenians in 1915, including many of Balakian's relatives, in the centurys first genocide. In elegant, moving prose, Black Dog of Fate charts Balakian's growth and personal awakening to the facts of his family's history and the horrifying aftermath of the Turkish government's continued campaign to cover up one of the worst crimes ever commmitted against humanity. In unearthing the serets of a family's past and how they affect its present
Yad Vashem : children's memorial by Peter Balakian( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The burning Tigris : the Armenian genocide and America's response
Alternative Names
Balakian, Peter.

Balakʻyan, Pʻitʻer 1951-

Peter Balakian Amerikaans dichter

Peter Balakian amerikansk poet

Peter Balakian armenisch-amerikanischer Schriftsteller und Hochschullehrer

Питер Балакян

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Armenian Golgotha : a memoir of the Armenian genocide, 1915-1918June-tree : new and selected poems, 1974-2000Sad days of light : poemsZigguratAmbassador Morgenthau's storyBlack dog of fate : a memoir