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The Promise at the Sea Vitali Ianko

The Promise at the Sea

Vitali Ianko

Published December 1st 2004
ISBN : 9780533148707
Hardcover
281 pages
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Ianko masterfully weaves the narratives of the survivor whose main goal is tell to remember, and remember to keep the dead alive. As Nargiz relives her childhood horrors, she oscillates between a child - witness to hellish atrocities perpetrated byMoreIanko masterfully weaves the narratives of the survivor whose main goal is tell to remember, and remember to keep the dead alive. As Nargiz relives her childhood horrors, she oscillates between a child - witness to hellish atrocities perpetrated by the Turks against her family - and an old, sharp, articulate woman who breaks her silence with acidic humor we laugh with and agonies we cry with. Nargizs memory is a broken jug, while recalling she simply tries to reconnect its sharp fragments. Her obsessive fear of the Black Sea is formed by witnessing Turkish gendarmes drowning defenseless Armenian children like useless puppies including her younger brother, Hakop. Now living at the opposite shores of the same sea, she is horrified of its waters which contains bodies and souls of the perished Armenians, the drowned and unborn, their tears and cries felt through the salt and bitterness of dark water and nightly laments of its waves.