Tag Archives: Writers of Disaster

Finding Zabel Yessayan–and losing her

Zabel Yessayan–the mere utterance of the name echoes with what Marc Nichanian describes, in Western Armenian, as հմայք, whose closest English equivalent would be allure. Nichanian’s chapter on Yessayan in his Writers of Disaster makes for a devastating reading–her tumultuous … Continue reading

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Notes on Eric Friedler’s Aghét:From massacre to catastrophe to genocide

The equation of German documentary film-maker Eric Friedler’s  Aghét:Nation Murder is of two parts: aghét and genocide. Aghét (whose literal meaning is catastrophe) is the word  Armenians use for the what that was visited on their ancestors, proclaims the film. … Continue reading

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