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Yagmur AksuShaping of the Modern World10 October 2012Professor RodriguesBlack Dog of Fate Book ReportThe book titled Black Dog of Fate written by Peter Balakian is an autobiography on the authors life as well as an informational piece on the Armenian genocide Balakian who himself is Armenian begins the book by describing his family life filled with Armenian culture and his memories in his suburban neighborhood which by contrast was filled with American culture He then proceeds to explain how he came about discovering his history and what exactly happened during the Armenian genocide The title of the book Black Dog of Fate refers to a parable told to him by his grandmother In the story two sacrificial offerings are made to the goddess fate one is a succulent spring lamb its body stuffed with pomegranates and almonds and its eyes set with rubies and is offered by a beautiful rich woman in jewels The other is a dead black dog its mouth stuffed with a wormy apple offered by a poor woman dressed in rags Fate rejects the lamb but accepts the dog His grandmother explains Appearances are deceiving The world is not what you think Although his grandmother told him numerous stories like this all just as confusing as the other the author did not understand the meanings of these stories and how it related to his grandmothers experiences during the genocide until much later on in his life This is mainly because his family chose to keep silent about the genocide for much of his life His parents had closed a stone door on the past the brutal slaughter and deliberate starvation of dozens of relatives was not considered a subject suitable for conversation His father explains to him later on in a letter that the time and place for the explanation was not right during Balakians younger years possibly because his family was trying to forget about it themselves since they
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