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A National Book Award Finalist.
In 1915 Vahan Kenderian is living a life of privilege as the youngest son of a wealthy Armenian family in Turkey. This secure world is shattered when some family members are whisked away while others are murdered before his eyes.
Vahan loses his home and family, and is forced to live a life he would never have dreamed of in order to survive. Somehow Vahan’s incredible strength and spirit help him endure, even knowing that each day could be his last.Adam Bagdasarian’s short story “The Survivor,” also based on his great-uncle’s experiences, wonYankee Magazine’s fiction award. This is his first novel.
1. Why do you think the author included the quote from Hitler as the epigraph? Did your ideas change after readingForgotten Fire?
2. Vahan Kenderian has never known fear until the Turks come to take his father away. He says, “I wished I could go to [my mother’s] room and tell her I was afraid. But somehow I knew that I couldn’t.” (p. 22) Discuss why Vahan doesn’t feel that he can share his fear with his mother.
3. How did the attitude of the Armenian community change once the Turks took possession of the town and began the genocide?
4. Describe the Kenderian family before the Turks shatter their lives. Cite evidence from the novel that Vahan greatly admires his father. Why is Vahan considered the “black sheep” of the family? How does the memory of his father give him the courage he needs to survive?
5. Were you aware of the Armenian genocide before reading this book? What other ethnic wars have occurred since World War II?
6. How does Vahan react when he witnesses the murders of his brothers by the Turkish soldiers?
7. Vahan has several violent experiences during his journey to Constantinople. Discuss his behavior afterward. Did the graphic descriptions disturb your reading?
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