On 17 December 1980, at 9:47 am, two men shot the Turkish consul-general to Sydney and his bodyguard near the consul’s home in Vaucluse. The assassins aimed, fired, and vanished.
A finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award, My Name Is Revenge
is a novella set in 1980s Sydney and based on true events.
From the assassination in Australia, one of a series of international terrorist attacks, the story traces back to the streets of 1920s Berlin and the Armenian genocide of World War I. Three companion essays provide historical context.
‘Informed by a passion to express the haunting of almost unimaginable historical crimes, and the tragic shapes that vengeance for those crimes can take…Kalagian Blunt expertly and compassionately examines the nature of truth and its representation via the conjunction of fiction and essay.’- Carmel Bird, Patrick White Literary Award winner
‘Ashley Kalagian Blunt weaves a mostly-forgotten strand of our history into a compelling contemporary crime story. My Name Is Revenge
manages to be both unflinching in its depiction of inherited hatreds and compassionate about the experience of living with the terrible aftermath of a genocide that the world has largely ignored.’ – Emily Maguire, author of An Isolated Incident
‘A heartfelt and gripping story of family, hardship and resilience.’ – Candice Fox