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Eric Bogosian

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AN EVENING WITH ERIC BOGOSIAN discussing his book Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide with Academy Award winning screenwriter of Birdman, Alex Dinelaris.

Eric Bogosian is an actor, playwright, and novelist of Armenian descent. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play Talk Radio, and is the recipient of the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear Award, as well as three Obie Awards and the Drama Desk. In addition to his celebrated work in the theater and onscreen, he has authored three novels.

Few people talk about the Armenian Genocide, one of the 20th century’s greatest atrocities and one that to this day is not acknowledged as such by several national governments. Fewer still talk about—or even know of—the calculated revenge plot enacted in secret against the responsible officials. 2015 marks the 100 years since the Armenian Genocide.

In Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot That Avenged the Armenian Genocide, Eric Bogosian crafts a masterful account of the conspiracy of assassins that hunted down and killed the perpetrators of the massacre.

In 1921 in the middle of a crowded Berlin street, Turkish national Talat Pasha was shot dead by an Armenian student Soghomon Tehlirian. The shooter was swiftly arrested and his case went to trial. Despite his obvious guilt, the student was acquitted—his impassioned defense claimed he was overwhelmed with rage at the sight of the man who had participated in the murder of his family. But as Bogosian details in the book, Tehlirian was not just in the right place at the right time. He didn’t witness the deaths of his family. And he wasn’t even a student. He played the first part in a meticulously plot, orchestrated by a small group of self-appointed patriots to avenge the nearly one million victims of the Armenian Genocide. Over the next several years, the vigilante group tracked down and assassinated at least ten more former Turkish leaders.

Actor, novelist, and playwright Eric Bogosian uses his considerable storytelling gifts to create a narrative of Operation Nemesis, set against an illuminating history of Ottoman and Armenian conflict, as well as a chilling examination of the genocide itself. Bogosian was brought up on the importance of his Armenian heritage. Every Armenian he knew had lost family in the massacre and his grandfather told him from the tender age of four, “If you ever meet a Turk, kill him.” When he later began investigating his heritage in earnest, Bogosian found scattered accounts of a cadre of assassins and a covert plan named for the Greek goddess of retribution.
Bogosian casts fresh light on one of the greatest crimes of the twentieth century and one of history’s most remarkable acts of retribution.

Event Language: English
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Post-show book signing

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