A masterful account of the conspiracy of assassins that hunted down the perpetrators of a genocide
NEW YORK–In 1921, a small group of self-appointed patriots set out to avenge the deaths of almost one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. They named their operation Nemesis after the Greek goddess of retribution. Over several years, the men tracked down and assassinated former Turkish leaders. The story of this secret operation has never been fully told until now.
Eric Bogosian goes beyond simply telling the story of this cadre of Armenian assassins to set the killings in context by providing a summation of the Ottoman and Armenian history as well as the history of the Genocide itself. Casting fresh light on one of the great crimes of the twentieth century and one of history’s most remarkable acts of political retribution, and drawing upon years of new research across multiple continents, NEMESIS is both a riveting read and a profound examination of evil, revenge, and the costs of violence.
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“Hitler asked, ‘Who remembers the Armenians?’ Eric Bogosian, that’s who. Read his potent, action-packed account of how a little known assassination plot harkens back to a world-historical genocide and so will you. So take that, Hitler,” writes Sarah Vowell, author of The Wordy Shipmates and Assassination Vacation
“A dark and compelling tale of blood vengeance. In Operation Nemesis, Eric Bogosian tells the remarkable story of how a small group of powerless, post-war assassins sought revenge against the all-powerful masterminds of the Armenian genocide,” says Annie Jacobsen, author of Operation Paperclip about the book.
“Absorbing and accessible, Bogosian presents this complex and multi-layered history with a master dramatist’s flair. Operation Nemesis is an engaged and provocative account of an unforgettable tragedy and a cathartic attempt at finding justice,” says Atom Egoyan, Academy Award-nominated writer and director of The Sweet Hereafter and Ararat.
“Eric Bogosian, actor, playwright and novelist, can now add historian to his resume with this carefully researched tale of organized revenge on the perpetrators of one of the most heinous state-engineered genocides in modern history–the murderous expulsion of the Armenian people from Ataturk’s newly reconstituted Turkey,” says Richard Price, author of The Whites.
“If you think you know all the great thriller stories of the last century, you don’t. And this one is true. Operation Nemesis reads like a high-stakes suspense novel, but it tells us something essential about the world we’re living in right now,” Peter Blauner, author of Slipping Into Darkness and Slow Motion Riot.
“Operation Nemesis is a spell-binding book. It is written both with urgency and patience. Bogosian’s chapter summarizing the “variety of peoples who crossed and recrossed” Anatolia is as good as any of the half-dozen established accounts I’ve read. His play-by-play story of the Armenian assassins avenging the Armenian genocide (1915-20) is as gripping as a Graham Greene novel. The whole book is a significant contribution to the history of Asia Minor and its effect on our present world,” writes John Casey, author of National Book Award winner Spartina.
“In this resurrection of a lost story, Eric Bogosian vividly tells the story of the assassins who avenged the Ottoman mass killings of Armenians in 1915. Unfolding like a thriller, Bogosian’s history brings to life long-forgotten events and the courageous people who set out in their own way to bring a kind of justice and peace to their shared past.” Says Ronald Grigor Suny, Professor of History and Political Science, University of Michigan, and author of They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else: A History of the Armenian Genocide.
Eric Bogosian is an actor, playwright, and novelist of Armenian descent. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play Talk Radio, and is the recipient of the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Award, as well as three Obie Awards and the Drama Desk. In addition to his celebrated work in the theater and onscreen, he has authored three novels. He lives in New York City with the director Jo Bonney.
Avenged the Armenian Genocide? I dont think so. It satisfied the hearts of a few victims by making them think they avenged the genocide. It silenced those who were assigned as the main architects of the genocide. We will never know who talat’s or any of the other assassinated leaders’ backers and financiers really were.
good point, I wonder if the assassins/planners considered interrogating talat
Of course it avenged the genocide, just like capturing Eichmann, go ask any Jew living on this planet.
To answer your absurd comment, of course we know who the backers and financiers were, it’s obvious you never read Armenian newspapers, or magazines in Armenian, or picked up any English or Armenian books regarding the genocide.
Just commenting for the sake of commenting is insulting.
Wasn’t this book Operation Nemesis published years ago? I’ve read the book 16 yrs ago and If my memory serves me right it was written by Shahan Natalie one of the organizers of the Nemesis. Eric Bogosian’s book may be a “resurrection” but not of a “lost story.” Let’s give credit where it’s due….