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On 17 December 1980, at 9:47 am, two men shot the Turkish consul-general to Sydney and his bodyguard near the consul’s home in Vaucluse. The assassins aimed, fired, and vanished.
A finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award, My Name Is Revenge is a novella set in 1980s Sydney and based on true events.
From the assassination in Australia, one of a series of international terrorist attacks, the story traces back to the streets of 1920s Berlin and the Armenian genocide of World War I. Three companion essays provide historical context.
Against a backdrop of eucalypts and thrumming cicadas, Kalagian Blunt deftly sketches her portrait of a family reckoning with its past. In her interweaving of Australian and Armenian histories, Kalagian Blunt illustrates and animates just how intricately linked her forebears' past is with Australia's own. Dealing imaginatively with questions of radicalisation, displacement, and assimilation, this story feels very pertinent to our current political climate, and makes for a gripping read.
- Adele Dumont, author of No Man Is an Island
... A moving and informative piece of writing. Its history lesson is worthwhile, but even more so is its exploration of family, community and outsiders. It's about the way that denial doesn't solve a thing in life, and acknowledgement of the past is the very least that we owe our forebears.
- Karen Chisholm, Newtown Review of Books
ISBN: 9781925052442 ISBN-10: 1925052443 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 156 Published: 1st June 2019 Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 10.3
Weight (kg): 0.17