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A Lifetime Ago in Baghdad
An Armenian Family History
by Zagheek Markarian


Armenians can make anywhere home. They have faced different occupiers in their home country throughout generations while still maintaining their uniqueness. They have also flourished culturally in several different countries. Chameleon-like yet distinct, Armenians often incorporate the languages and cultures of those around them into their lives while honoring their unique heritage. This includes those in Iraq, where Armenians have a rich history spanning generations. But histories can sometimes become diluted, lost, or purposefully skewed. A Lifetime Ago in Baghdad: An Armenian Family History is Zagheek Markarian’s attempt to clear the air on the history of Armenian Iraqis and her own family history, to celebrate the life of Armenians in Baghdad, and offer those that come after her an account of this. The book provides an encyclopedic look at this oft-overlooked but essential history and personal insights into it, both tragic and tender, and sometimes dramatic as though they were ripped from the pages of a novel. This collection of stories is an essential document as more Armenians are forced to leave Iraq and a demonstration of the values we should all strive to carry into the future.


Zagheek Markarian lives in Toronto, Canada, but spent a part of her youth as an Armenian living in Iraq. She grew up in Europe, mainly in London, U.K., and spent a stint in the U.A.E. She works in education and documents historical events. She holds pride in her family, heritage, and cultural history. With this background and to offer her daughters a historical account of their heritage, she was inspired to write this book.


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