Adam LeBor

The Ottoman Question

A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility

By

Constable and Robinson 600pp £9.99 order from our bookshop

So powerful has the term ‘genocide’ become that, to paraphrase Oscar Wilde, it is almost the ‘crime that dare not speak its name’. This is a paradoxical consequence of the international legal treaty designed to prevent it occurring: the 1948 Genocide Convention. Article One imposes a duty on UN member states to prevent genocide and punish its perpetrators. And herein lies the problem, at least as viewed by governments and foreign ministries. Most UN member states have neither the desire nor the ability to stop genocide, as the graveyards of Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and now Darfur evince.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • What a charming, candid blogpost from one of our dear contributing editors. ,
    • RT : The first guess from one of my 1st graders was “death” and such an awed, somber, reflective hush fell over the clas… ,
    • Merry Christmas from Literary Review! Hope your stockings were laden with books, and the tree bending under the weight of further books....,
    • Last minute Christmas gift required? We're offering discounts on all our subscriptions (20% no less!) with the cod… ,
    • In this issue's 'Silenced Voices', Lucy Popescu writes of Thailand's restrictive lese-majesty laws and their latest… ,
    • "Gunn was a disciple of the American formalist Yvor Winters, but Winters’s poetry could never give off such a scent… ,
    • Christmas gift hunting? Why not give the gift of being even better read? We're offering discounts on all our subscr… ,