Sometimes it seems as if relations between Turks and Armenians can never improve. Hence, it comes as considerable relief to read Family of Shadows and Deep Mountain. These two works, in different ways, are about change and redemption. The authors, Garin Hovannisian and Ece Temelkuran respectively, are still in their 20s and 30s, and perhaps it is for this reason that their books offer new perspectives on tragic events that occurred nearly a century ago, but which continue to cause much anguish today.
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Alex van Oss is the Chair of Caucasus Area Studies at the Foreign Service Institute.