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A Thousand Sighs, a Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan

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Éditeur : Random House Date & Lieu : 2004, New York & Toronto
Préface : Pages : 406
Traduction : ISBN : 0-345-46892-9
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 160x245 mm
Code FIKP : Liv. Eng. Bir. Tho. N°4675Thème : Général

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A Thousand Sighs, a Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan

A Thousand Sighs, a Thousand Revolts: Journeys in Kurdistan

Christiane Bird

Random House

Though the Kurds played a major military and tactical role in the United States recent war with Iraq, most of us know little about this fiercely independent, long-marginalized people. Now acclaimed journalist Christiane Bird, who riveted readers with her tour of Islamic Iran in Neither East nor travels through this volatile part of the world to tell the Kurds story, using personal observations and in-depth research to illuminate an astonishing history and vibrant culture.
For the twenty-five to thirty million Kurds, Kurdistan is both an actual and a mythical place: an isolated, largely mountainous homeland that has historically offered sanctuary from the treacherous outside world and yet does not exist on modern maps. Parceled out among the four nation-states of Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Iran after World War I, Kurdistan is a divided land with a tragic history, where the indomitable Kurds both celebrate their ancient culture and fight to control their own destiny. Occupying some of the Middle East’s most strategic and richest terrain, the Kurds are the fourth-largest ethnic group in the region and the largest ethnic group in the world without a state to call their own.

Whether dancing at a Kurdish wedding in Iran, bearing witness to the destroyed Kurdish countryside in southeast Turkey, having lunch with a powerful exiled agha in Syria, or visiting the sites of Saddam Husseins horrific chemical attacks in Iraq, the intrepid, insightful Bird sheds light on a violently stunning world seen by few Westerners.
Part mesmerizing travelogue, part action-packed history, part reportage, and part cultural study, this critical kook offers timely insight into an unknown but increasingly influential part of the world. Bird paints a moving and unforgettable portrait of a people uneasily poised between a stubborn past and an impatient future.

Ckristiane Bird is the author of Neither East nor West: One Woman’s Journey Through the Islamic Republic of Iran and The Jazz and Blues Lover’s Guide to the U S., and coauthor of Below the Line: Living Poor in America A graduate of Yale University, she lives in New York City.


Christiane Bird

A Thousand Sighs, a Thousand Revolts
Journeys in Kurdistan

Random House

Random House Publishing Group
A Thousand Sighs, a Thousand Revolts
Journeys in Kurdistan
Christiane Bird

A Ballantine Book
Published by the Random House Publishing Group

Copyright © 2004 by Christiane Bird

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Five lines from Shanidar, the First Flower People,
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Bird, Christiane.
A thousand sighs, a thousand revolts: journeys in Kurdistan / Christiane Bird.
p. cm.

ISBN 0-345-46892-9 — ISBN 0-345-46939-9 (pbk.)
1 Kurdistan (Iraq)—Description and travel. 2. Kurdistan (Iraq)—Politics and government.
3 Kurds—Iraq—Social life and customs. 4. Bird, Christiane—Travel—Iraq—Kurdistan.
I. Title.
DS70.65.B57 2004

Manufactured in the United States of America

First Edition: MAY 2004
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Map by © Jeffrey L. Ward
Text design by Barbara M. Bachman

The mountains, always the mountains,
held the old man’s gaze.
There is a fascination about them that it is not necessary
to be a Kurd or a Persian to be able to acquire.

To Mesopotamia and Kurdistan in Disguise,
Ely Bannister Soane

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