Armenian literature

The contemporary Armenian Literature is characterised by its significant differentiation, and, what is equally important, is marked by the change of generations. In the first years after the fall of the Soviet regime, Hrant Matevosyan (1935-2002) was one of the most significant personalities, while today we could hardly name any author with such a dominant position or speak about dominating tendencies or movements. Although, as far as age and experience are concerned, we can talk about a strong generation that found itself between two epochs and a younger generation of contemporary Armenian writers, those whose intellectual maturity was only attained after the fall of the Soviet Union, and who entered the literary world with the life experience different from the one of their „fathers”. One of the most translated contemporary Armenian writers, recently deceased Levon Khechoyan belongs to the first group. The group also includes Gurgen Khanjyan, a journalist and a writer Vahram Martirossyan, Armen Shekoyan, who is well known for his experimental style, and a master of short epic genres Susanna Harutyunyan. As far as the younger generation is concerned, we could mention Hovhannes Teqgyozyan and Aram Pachyan. Struggling to win favour of the readers, they face challenges of the market economy. In addition, although the circulation of the published books is growing slowly, there are many interesting tendencies in the current literary life. One of them is establishing platforms and literary clubs supposed to represent an alternative to the „Union of Armenian Writers”. These activities present a positive outlook for the future.

Jean-Chat (Hovhannes) Tekgyozyan

  • Jean-Chat (Hovhannes) Tekgyozyan is a writer and playwright.
  • He has become known for his first novel Fleeting City published in 2012.
  • He has previously published two collections of short stories, Wooden Shirt and Glass Sun, as well as essays on theater and cinema in The Doublesex Theater
  • His plays Metastasis and Non-People were staged by independent theaters in Armenia.
  • In 2012 Metastasis was also presented at the Forum of the Chekhov International Theater Festival.
  • His second novel Skin Pain was awarded with Orange Book Prize in 2012.
  • Currently Tekgyozyan lives in Strasburg, France and works on his new novel Intriguing Sex.

Awards

Orange Armenia prize for the best novel for Skin Pain («Մաշկացավ»), 2012

Vahan Tekeyan Prize for The Glass Sun («Ապակու արև»), 2009

Grish Davtyan Award for The Doublesex Theater («Եկսեռ թատրոն»), 2009

Bibliography

Skinpain («Մաշկացավ»), novel, Antares, 2014

Fleeting City, novel, Antares, 2012

Doublesex Theater («Երկսեռ թատրոն»), essays, Van Aryan, 2009

Glass Sun («Ապակու արև»), short stories, HGM, 2006

Wooden Shirt («Փայտե շապիկ»), short stories, Toner, 2003

International rights

Fleeting City, novel

Ayrıntı, Turkey

Mosaic Press, Canada

Belleville Editions, France

Aram Pachyan (1983)

  • Aram Pachyan is an acclaimed writer of the new generation, with several awards and prizes, including the honorable Presidential Prize for Literature.
  • His first novel Goodbye, Birdhas become a national bestseller in 2012 and is still in the top lists of bestselling literature.
  • Currently he is a journalist and columnist at Hraparak newspaper.
  • The play I am a vegetarian, based on his novel Goodbye, Bird, was staged recently and a musical piece Pachyan Frangments by composer Aram Hovhannisyan, based on Pachyan’s flash fiction book, was written and performed in the US in 2015.

Awards

2010 – Youth Prize of the President of Armenia

2009 – Prize of „Narcis” literary-cultural journal

2008, 2009 – Annual prize of „Gretert” literary newspaper

Bibliography

Ocean («Օվկիանոս»), short stories, Antares, 2014

Goodbye, Bird («Ցտեսություն, Ծիտ»), novel, Antares, 2012.

Robinson («Ռոբինզոն»), short stories, Grakan Etalon, 2011; Antares, 2012

International rights sold:

Robinson short story collection

Stary Lev, Ukraine

Goodbye, Bird novel

Glagoslav publications, (world English rights) UK

Al-Arabi Publishing and Distributing, (world Arabic rights) Egypt

Paradox, Bulgaria

 

Armen of Armenia (1979)

  • Armen of Armenia (Armen Ohanyan) is a fiction writer and essayist.
  • He is known for his short story collection The Return of Kikos, published in 2013.
  • His short story Who Wants to Be a Millionaire appears in 2015 edition of Best European Fiction collection by Dalkey Archive Press.
  • His writing is significantly influenced by his political activism.
  • In 2015 he has participated at City of Asylum Writer Residency program in Pittsburg, PA, USA as well as the Fall Residency at the world famous International Writers’ Project at the University of IOWA at Iowa City, IA, USA.

 

Awards

Ardzak Literary Awards for the short story The Return of Kikos («Կիկոսի վերադարձը»), 2011

Ardzak Literary Awards for the short story Superstar Mario («Սուպերաստղ Մարիա»), 2012

Bibliography

Mommyland: the Flag («Մայրենիք. Դրոշ»), novel, Antares, Yerevan, 2016

The Return of Kikos («Կիկոսի վերադարձը»), i-stories, Antares, Yerevan, 2013

International publications

Mario Superstar, short story, English translation – Samsonia Way Magazine, USA

The Return of Kikos, short story, English translation – Trafika Europe, USA

Radio Yerevan, short story, English and Dutch translations and audio versions –  City Books, The Netherlands

Who Wants to be a Millionaire, short story, English translation – Best European Fiction 2015 by Dalkey Archive Press, UK