Tuesday, February 5, 2013

U.S. Embassy Ankara Attack & Hart's Savarona

The attack on the U.S. Embassy Ankara was recently in the news again now that Marxists have claimed credit for the bombing:
A Marxist group with a history of political violence in Turkey claimed responsibility on Saturday for a suicide bombing at the American Embassy in Ankara the day before, releasing a statement calling the United States “the murderer of the peoples of the world.”
A good piece of fiction for context on embassy/consulate life, threats abroad, and politics in modern Turkey is J. Patrick Hart's Savarona:
Bill Bigelow is a drifter with a history of mental illness and a habit of removing his clothes at the worst possible times. When he lapses into psychosis, his only hope is George McCall, a junior diplomat with demons of his own, both real and imagined. A literary journey to the heart of modern Turkey, this darkly comic first novel transcends genre with its penetrating wit and observation.

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