Blood-dark Track: A Family History

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Granta Books, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
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"Joseph O'Neill's grandfathers - one Irish, one Turkish - were both imprisoned during the Second World War. The Irish grandfather, a handsome rogue from a family of small farmers, was an active member of the IRA, and was interned with hundreds of his comrades by de Valera's government. O'Neills' other grandfather, a debonair hotelier from the tiny and threatened Turkish Christian minority, was imprisoned by the British in Palestine, where he was travelling to buy lemons, on suspicion of being an Axis spy." "Joseph O'Neill set out to investigate these imprisonments of Jospeh Dukad and Jim O'Neill, which were veiled by family silences, and found himself having to come to terms with memories of violence; with a legacy of fierce commitment and political blindness; with the enchanting power of nationalism and the fear and complicity of the bystander. He was changed by what he found, and he has written a remarkable book about the ties and limits of kinship. With great tact, he sets the stories of individuals against the history of the last century's most inhuman events."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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"At some point in my childhood, perhaps when I was aged ten, or eleven, I became aware that during the Second World War my Turkish grandfather -- my mother's father, Joseph Dakad -- had been ... Read full review

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This book is a little bit of a slow go, but a really interesting exercise in family history. And I liked how invested O'Neill was in following the history and figuring out what really happened to his ... Read full review


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About the author (2000)

Joseph O'Neill was born in Ireland and raised primarily in Holland. He received a law degree from Cambridge University and worked as a barrister in London. He writes regularly "The Atlantic Monthly" and is the author of two previous novels, "This Is the Life "and "The Breezes, "and a family history, "Blood-Dark-Track, "which was a "New York Times "Notable Book. He lives with his family in New York City.

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