Beyond Zenke's Gate: A Novel about the Middle East
By C. W. Burbank
Avedis Hamazian was 10 years old in June of 1901 when he was abducted and presented as a gift to the Grand Sultan.
The Hamazians—an Armenian Christian family that sought only to worship God and live peaceably in their hamlet near the Euphrates River—were devastated. Avedis was the family’s sole male heir.
Based on actual events during The Ottoman Empire, this novel explores how the Christian family copes with the kid-naping as well as government oppression, religious intolerance and racial bigotry. Can their faith survive these ordeals?
What Others Are Saying About Beyond Zenke’s Gate
This is a beautifully written book ... I often found myself in the very depths of the characters’ souls. –Kathleen Cavender, artist, Spokane
This book touched me and opened my eyes to the Armenian Holocaust the way that Toni Morrison's Beloved made me see ... the struggle for family, identity and simple survival that black people faced after the Civil War. ... This story is the beginning of the life of a very real hero and adventurer. –Bonnie Thompson, Couer d’Alene, Idaho
254 pages / paperback / 6 x 9 format / Summer 2004 / $24.95 / Includes CIP data / ISBN: 0-922993-14-9