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Armenians–here, there and in between

Promises, promises: preliminary notes on “The Promise.”

~PROMISES, PROMISES~ I, too, saw The Promise.  Here are my comments in response to the rhetoric and sloganeering that has surrounded this movie since its release: 1. Our story… Is this “our story”? An ambitious man from the villages goes … Continue reading

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Englishing Krikor Beledian

Krikor Beledian is the preeminent Western Armenian man of letters: literary critic, novelist, poet, Beledian has been writing prolifically since the mid 1960s.  Difficult, complex, even “unreadable” by some, Beledian’s writing resists quick passage– from its native Western Armenian to … Continue reading

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A Volga in Yerevan…

The weather is changing in Yerevan; winter is almost here. The evening, especially, are on the cold side, often rainy, the streets wet under the light drizzle. It’s true what everyone says about such Yerevan evenings, when you leave a … Continue reading

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On Vahé Oshagan: Between Acts…

~~Over the past two years, I have been working with the film-maker Hrayr Anmahouni on an innovative film about the poetry and life of Vahé Oshagan.  The film is titled Vahé Oshagan:Between Acts, and it is the most recent version … Continue reading

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Aleppo, of memory…

~~I wrote this article in 2005, and could not get it published although several “major” US newspapers showed interest only to withdraw at the last minute.  I can speculate, but that’s an obscene luxury now that Aleppo has been reduced … Continue reading

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Alice Samuelian Aslanian has died…

~~I found out today that Alice Samuelian Aslanian, co-owner of Librarie Orientale in Paris, has died, only a month after the passing of her brother and co-owner of the Librairie, Armen Aslanian. These two deaths of brother and sister mark … Continue reading

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Vahé Oshagan: Tebi Gyank

Vahé Oshagan died on June 30, 2000.  On the anniversary of his final departure, here is a re-post of one of his best known poems, in translation. Դէպի Կեանք (Toward life) was completed in 1983 and published in 1991.  To … Continue reading

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