A particularly fitting tribute during this centenary year of the Armenian Genocide, Markarian’s book surveys the lives and writings of 13 authors who perished during that cataclysm–several of them precisely on the night of April 24, 1915, when they and other community leaders, intellectuals and clergy were rounded up from Constantinople and deported, never to be seen again.
Organized in three parts, the book includes general introductions to 19th-century western Armenian literature and to the Genocide. The weight of the book is in the third part, which contains short biographies of some of the most beloved Armenian writers of the era, along with a bibliography of their writings. Dr. Markarian has also provided a sample of excerpts from each author, all translated into English.
“The development of Armenian literature is a unique phenomenon in the history of world literature,” writes Markarian. “In contrast to others, it developed in countries where the official language was not Armenian.”
Herand Markarian is a scientist, professor, playwright, poet, director, actor, literary and theater critic, and translator. He was born in Basrah, Iraq. He has authored 26 plays and 13 books. As a director he has 53 plays to his credit, while he has acted in 50 others.
The book presentation will take place in the Guild Hall of the Armenian Diocese, 630 2nd Avenue, New York at 7PM. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the presentation, during which books will be available for sale.
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