Arménská literatúra

Súčasná arménska literatúra je charakteristická svojou rôznorodosťou. Na rozdiel od Sovietskeho obdobia, v ktorom vynikala silná postava Hranta Matevosyana (1935 – 2002), je v súčasnosti problematické hovoriť o výraznej dominujúcej osobnosti, či dokonca o dominujúcich smeroch alebo školách. Z pohľadu veku a skúsenostnej bázy by sme mohli vymedziť silnú generáciu autorov, ktorí sa ocitli medzi dvoma epochami, a mladšiu generáciu súčasných arménskych spisovateľov – intelektuálne dozrievajúcich po rozpade Sovietskeho zväzu, vstupujúcich do literatúry s inými životnými skúsenosťami. Jeden z najprekladanejších súčasných arménskych autorov – Levon Chečojan, ktorý tento rok zomrel, patrí k prvej spomínanej. Rovnako ako Gurgen Chandžan, novinár a spisovateľ Vahram Martirossian či Armen Šekojan, ktorého tvorba sa vyznačuje experimentálnym štýlom alebo majsterka krátkej prózy Susanna Haruthjunjanová. Z mladšej generácie patria k výrazným osobnostiam Hovhannes Tekgiozian a Aram Pačian. Čelia výzvam trhovej ekonomia a súperia o priazeň čitateľa. A i keď náklady vydávaných kníh rastú pomaly, v súčasnom literárnom živote môžeme pozorovať zaujímavé tendencie. Jednou z nich je vytváranie platforiem, literárnych klubov, ktoré majú predstavovať alternatívu Zväzu arménskych spisovateľov. Podobné aktivity predstavujú dobrý prísľub do budúcnosti. 

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

Archil Kikodze (1972)

  • Born in 1972 started writing at the age of 21.
  • He works for several literary and non-literary magazines.
  • His essays and novels are regularly published in popular magazines Literaturuli Palitra and Hot Chocolate.
  • Kikodze won Literary Prize GALA for a book of short stories Calmly.
  • His collected Essays (2012) and short stories The Story of a Bird and a Man (2013) later receiving SABA Award as the best prose collection of the year were both published by Siesta Publishing House.
  • Kikodze is also a professional photographer. He has taken part in national and international photo exhibitions and has won many awards.
  • Furthermore, he has published articles on environmental, ethnographic and social issues.
  • He is the author of three guidebooks on science tourism, which is developing quickly in Georgia and Switzerland.
  • Archil Kikodze is co-author of the documentary film Spring in Javakheti (winner of the Niamori Festival Prize in 2004).
  • He wrote the script for the film Tbilisi, I Love You. Archil Kikodze plays a leading role in the film Blind Dates (2013), which has won several prizes at international film festivals.

 

Literary prizes and awards

  • IliaUni Literary prize 2017 in category the best novel for Southern Elephant
  • Literary prize LITERA 2017 in the category The Best Novel of the Year for for Southern Elephant  
  • Literary award SABA 2014 in category the best short story collection for the Story of a Bird and a Man
  • Literary prize GALA 2008 in category the best book for Calmly 
  • Tbilisi International Book Fair prize 2003 in category the best debut for Deer and Lemonade

Bibliography

  • Southern Elephant, Sulakauri Publishing, 2016
  • The Story of a Bird and a Man, Siesta Publishing House, 2013
  • Essays, Siesta Publishing House, 2012
  • A Parcel, Palitra L Publishing, 2011
  • Calmly, Saari Publishing, 2008 
  • Village Country, Saari Publishing, 2004
  • Deer and Lemonade, Saari Publishing, 2002