Category Archives: Literature

“I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen” by Leon Surmelian

Can an epic be simple and full of longing and nostalgia? Can it be gentle and childlike, growing with the reader as the protagonist also grows. Childhood and the fits and bursts of young love, frustration and that small bitterness … Continue reading

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Stories For Which One Could Die

Great talent rarely appears alone, silent on a hill or sitting solitary in an ancient monastery contemplating life and god and that which has come before. Gifts grow in a specially cultivated ecosystem prepared and set into which the seeds … Continue reading

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“Burning Orchards” – by Gurgen Mahari

Is a classic really only a novel still read 100 years after its publication? And is it true that history only chooses the works of literature that will stand the test of time from the ‘winners’? From those novels that … Continue reading

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“Seven Songs” is a Symphony

“To know wisdom and gain instruction; to discern the words of understanding.” It is said that these were the first words written by Mesrop Mashtots after inventing the thirty-six character Armenian alphabet. Though written 1600 years ago, Mashtots might very … Continue reading

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Ordeal

Revolutions don’t just happen. They are in fact product of profound societal stress; the status quo is too much of a powerful force even in the most unjust of countries to be eschewed lightly in favor of a great leap … Continue reading

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For Want of Those Who Would Care

“A poet’s real biography is the biography of his inner self, the history of his spiritual life, inseparable from the life and history of his people (…) The sense of civic duty in poetry is nothing abstract, nor dependent on … Continue reading

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Ivan Turgenev and His Gentry

At the beginning of the golden age of Russian literature, when Russia was emerging from poetry – as all developed literary societies must – and turning to glorious prose, there was Ivan Turgenev. Born into lower nobility, impoverished but still … Continue reading

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