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The Forty Days of Musa Dagh

(1933)
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This stirring, poignant novel, based on real historical events that made of actual people true heroes, unfolds the tragedy that befell the Armenian people in the dark year of 1915. The Great War is raging through Europe, and in the ancient, mountainous lands southwest of the Caspian Sea the Turks have begun systematically to exterminate their Christian subjects. Unable to deny his birthright or his people, one man, Gabriel Bagradian - born an Armenian, educated in Paris, married to a Frenchwoman, and an officer doing his duty as a Turkish subject in the Ottoman army - will strive to resist death at the hands of his blood enemy by leading 5,000 Armenian villagers to the top of Musa Dagh, "the mountain of Moses." There, for forty days, in the face of almost certain death, they will suffer the siege of a Turkish army hell-bent on genocide. A passionate warning against the dangers of racism and scapegoating, and prefiguring the ethnic horrors of World War II, this important novel from the early 1930s remains the only significant treatment, in fiction or nonfiction, of the first genocide in the twentieth century's long series of inhumanities.

    

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June 1983 : USA Hardback
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Title: Forty Days of Musa Dagh
Author(s): Franz Werfel
ISBN: 0-88411-719-7 / 978-0-88411-719-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aeonian Pr(Amerx)
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Paperback Editions

January 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (Verba Mundi) (Verba Mundi (Paperback))
Author(s): Franz Werfel, translated by Geoffrey Dunlop and James Reidel
ISBN: 1-56792-407-7 / 978-1-56792-407-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Verba Mundi Books
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November 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Forty Days of Musa Dagh
Author(s): Franz Werfel
ISBN: 0-7867-1138-8 / 978-0-7867-1138-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Carroll & Graf
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January 1993 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Forty Days of Musa Dagh
Author(s): Werfel
ISBN: 0-88184-668-6 / 978-0-88184-668-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Da Capo Press
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September 1983 : USA Paperback
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Title: Forty Days of Musa Dagh
Author(s): Franz Werfel
ISBN: 0-88184-015-7 / 978-0-88184-015-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
Availability: Amazon UK