Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir Setting & Symbolism

Peter Balakian
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Tenafly, New Jersey

Tenafly, New Jersey is a suburban town where Peter grew up and where he experienced his young life as an Armenian American.

Mahleb

Mahleb is a spice used by Peter's grandmother. It is the pulverized pit of the wild cherry and is used in bread and other goods to add an earthy sweetness.

Armenia

Armenia is a country located in Southeast Asia, to the East of Turkey, in the Middle East Under attack throughout history, Armenian people have suffered tremendously at the hands of foreign invaders, and the borders of the land have changed as rulers have changed. Becoming part of the Soviet Union in 1922, what was left of Armenia lost independence. In 1991, Armenia regained independence following the fall of the Soviet Union.

Pan-Turkism

Pan-Turkism is a political movement designed to unite the Turkish people without influence from foreign interests.

Bastinado

Bastinado is a form...

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