A while ago I published a post in which I said “I Should Be Writing My Armenia Book”. I’m happy to report, now, I FINISHED IT!!!! I published first as a hardcover, in color, because I left some surprises inside – you can only get a feel for Armenia through its beauty and so I have some pictures I took and played with leading each chapter. I’ll publish it in softcover and e-book eventually, but one thing at a time.
Without further ado, my Armenia Novel: “An Excess of Nationalism: A Novel About Armenia”.
Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).
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Congratulations, Joel, on accomplishing what you desired…needed… to do. To write the story of your beloved Armenia. I haven’t purchased an actual printed, between covers, book in a long time, but I just bought your hard cover. Not even gonna wait for the e-book. Should receive it Monday. ORDER PLACED
April 14, 2023
An Excess of Nationalism: A Novel About Armenia
Hirst, Joel D.
Thank you Lynda!! I look forward to what you think of this. Rose Macaulay once said “Everybody is writing their Turkey books” but when you think of the Caucasus – Tolstoy and Pushkin and John Dos Passos and Mandelstam and Vasily Grossman; she should have said “everybody is writing their caucasus books”. This one is mine! (at least the first, I may even do another one, but who knows). I actually ran the MS by a few of my former staff in Armenia and one of them said it “made her want to wander the streets of her Yerevan with new eyes. To find her grandparents and give them a long hug.” I hope you enjoy.
Hardcover Book ordered! I am looking forward to adding the ebook edition to my electronic library, as well. If Amazon publishes the ebook, please forgo DRM. Of all the mistakes I have made in my 82 years, support of DRM was one of the biggest. Be careful with Amazon, they have joined the ranks of the book burners. I was one of their very early customers, and I had such high expectations of them. Their fall from grace, remains a source of profound sadness for me. I have actually started a collection prescribed books, and if the author is still alive, I endeavor to compensate them in some way. Best Success, Michael Ronayne
Thanks Michael!! I look forward to what you think of it. I will do an e-book soon. I don’t know what DRM is? I looked for an agent and publisher for about 6 months, had some good conversations and feedback but at the end the publishing industry is also controlled by the Gramsciens. But its never been easy to be a writer. Dickens self-published Christmas Carol; Nietzsche all of his stuff, Thomas More Utopia. Trick now is to cut through the other million books published every day, and the only way to do that is sales and reviews. So THANK YOU I am very appreciative. Incidentally its also why I like hardcover books. Hard to “delete” jaja.