Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir Topics for Discussion

Peter Balakian
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One of the primary themes of Black Dog of Fate is the debate concerning the legitimacy of the Armenian Genocide. Whereas Armenians and much of the rest of the world privately acknowledge the genocide, Turkey, Syria, and several other nations refuse to publicly admit any involvement in the crime, or even that the genocide occurred. In several cases, in fact, the Turkish government and Turkish people openly deny the genocide occurred. Do you believe the Turkish have a right to deny the genocide? Why or why not? Do you think Balakian is right, and that the Turks refusal to admit any part in the genocide harms the ability of the Armenians to heal? Why or why not? Based on what you read in the novel, do you believe the Turkish people are entirely responsible for the thousands of Armenians killed in 1915? Why or why...

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