Jeff Labrecque
April 30, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Thousand Sighs, A Thousand Revolts

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Christiane Bird
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

In their troubled history, the Kurds have endured much worse than Saddam Hussein. Bird, an American woman traveling alone in a perilous ”land of lions,” chronicles her amazing 2002 journey through the Kurdish regions of Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey, where some 30 million Kurds live as strangers in their own lands. For instance, Turkey has outlawed many Kurdish birth names and dismisses the growing minority as ”mountain Turks who have forgotten their language.” In a fascinating narrative, Bird meticulously unveils a fractured, male-dominated society haunted by centuries of despair.

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