Within one story. Abig Avagyan, "Southern Fever"


Abig Avagyan is one of the most unique figures of Soviet-Armenian prose, whose works, unfortunately, few people remember today. A. Avagyan's stories are distinguished by their unique, even exotic oriental atmosphere, new and interesting themes, and unique writing style. One of Abig Avagyan's most famous short stories, "Southern Fever", is discussed by literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan.

Gracious Patriarch Nerses the Graceful


2023 marks the 850th anniversary of the death of Nerses the Graceful. On this occasion, various events took place in Yerevan, in Matenadaran, and in Paris, in the headquarters of UNESCO, and his works were published. Literary experts Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and Gurgen Gasparyan talk about the literary heritage of Nerses the Graceful, the significance of church and educational activities in "Parallel Readings".

Listen my son... poets to their children


Armenian poetry has many important themes and exciting works, but the poems that the authors dedicated to their children stand out for their emotionality and impact. With the tone of conversation, testament, advice, confession of love, pain of loss, these works charm with their sincerity, lived life, but also grow into a general poem and are addressed to all readers. Is it so or not? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss the works of Armenian poets dedicated to their children in "Parallel Readings".

Hemingway or Saroyan?


The two prominent figures of American and world prose had interesting personal and creative connections and relationships. Their writing styles and topics seem to be very different, but they also have a lot in common. The similarities and differences of Hemingway and Saroyan's literature are discussed in "Parallel Readings" by literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and literary critic, translator Sevak Ghazaryan.

The known and the unknown about Paruyr Sevak. Part 2


Many questions of Sevak's biography and creativity are still controversial. How would Sevak's literature have changed if it were not for his tragic death? Did Sevak oppose the Soviet society and codify what he had to say? Who is Sevak's reader today? How much is the poet appreciated and understood? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and Sevak Ghazaryan discuss.

 

The known and the unknown about Paruyr Sevak. Part 1


2024 will be the 100th anniversary of Paruyr Sevak's birth. This is a good opportunity to refer again to Sevak's work, to discuss the problems of his life and literature, maybe also the mysteries. Literary experts Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and Sevak Ghazaryan talk about the constantly discussed issues of Paruyr Sevak's biography.

 

About one story. A. Pachyan, "Transparent Bottles"


Aram Pachyan's story "Transparent Bottles" is one of the most famous prose works of the period of independence. Representation of a social problem, impressive plot and characters, important issues raised. What made this story so popular and how relevant is it today? "Transparent bottles" are discussed by literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan.

Who is the Yerevan Book Festival for?


The Yerevan Book Festival will be launched in Yerevan for the 6th time. The festival has become one of the favorite events of the book-loving public, but it always causes controversy. Who is the book festival for and for what purpose is it organized? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and artistic director of the festival Armen Sargsyan discuss.

 

Gevorg Karapetyan after the 44-day war


The 2020 war dealt a double blow to Gevorg Karapetyan. After receiving a serious injury, the young officer also lost his brother Aram, a conscript soldier. "On November 7, he called and said that he was injured in Shushi, on November 8 he had already died, there was no way to provide first aid, Shushi was no longer ours." Gevorg moved with his family from Hadrut and lives in Armenia. Despite the disability and the loss of his younger brother, he tries to live with dignity.

 

The first poetic books of Armenian writers


The first book, the circumstances of its publication and reception are of great importance for the future literary fate of the poets. The history of Armenian literature knows both successful and unsuccessful examples of first books. The phenomenon of the first books of Armenian poets is discussed by literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan.

 

An ongoing feat


In October 2022, the Armenian island of St. Lazarus in Venicehosted about 200 people who appreciate humanitarian values from different countries of the world to talk together about humanitarianism in a broken world and to thank all the unknown and famous brave people working in the world. The film tells the story of 2022. About the awarding of the "Aurora" Humanitarian Award. The participants are: Co-founders of "Aurora" Ruben Vardanyan and Nubar Afeyan, Chairman of the Creative Council Marine Ales, Patriarchal Delegate of Western Europe Khajak Parsamyan, members of the selection committee for the "Aurora" Award, Director of the Center for Globalization Studies of Yale University, former President of Mexico Ernesto Cedillo, Pulitzer Prize winner laureate Dele Olojede, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and 2019 "Aurora" award winner Mirza Dina.

 

Internationalization of Armenian Literature


How can a modern Armenian author become famous abroad? Who should help the writer? Is it enough to write a good book? Literary experts Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan, and Armen Sargsyan, chief specialist of the Department of Cultural Heritage and Folk Crafts of the Ministry of Education and Culture, discuss in "Parallel Readings".