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By Aris Janigian

This Angelic Land is the tale of Adam Derderian, a hip, twenty-seven 12 months previous bar proprietor, and his six-day trip throughout the 1992 l. a. riots. Seeming to hold scant reminiscence of Lebanon’s civil battle, from which Derderian had fled whereas nonetheless a boy, the panorama of the riots now unearths him revisiting the area he suggestion he had escaped. Derderian engages with Armenian gangsters, contributors of the country of Islam, a Hancock Park playboy and a Kurdish scenic artist as he watches his followed urban ransacked and set ablaze. the 1st novel size paintings of literary fiction ever to confront the subject material of the 1992 la riots head-on, critic D.J. Waldie has referred to as This Angelic Land "Today's beneficial book."

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