Չորրորդ Հայքի Գրադարան . ճանաչել զիմաստութիւն եւ զխրատ, իմանալ զբանս հանճարոյ . Չորրորդ Հայքի Գրադարան . ճանաչել զիմաստութիւն եւ զխրատ, իմանալ զբանս հանճարոյ . Չորրորդ Հայքի Գրադարան . ճանաչել զիմաստութիւն եւ զխրատ, իմանալ զբանս հանճարոյ . Չորրորդ Հայքի Գրադարան . ճանաչել զիմաստութիւն եւ զխրատ, իմանալ զբանս հանճարոյ . Չորրորդ Հայքի Գրադար
This is an online only Western Armenian edition of My Soul in Exile. It is available for free on our website.
For the English translation by Geoffrey Goshgarian (published by AIWA Press), click HERE.
Zabel Yesayan was one of the most renowned Armenian writers and novelists of the early twentieth century, and one of the great figures of Western Armenian literature. This is the original Western Armenian text of her 1922 novella, My Soul in Exile, in which she explores the challenges that Armenian women faced in the Ottoman Empire during the turbulent years following the Young Turk Revolution of 1908. This philosophical novella has clear parallels to Yesayan’s own life and explores complex themes of alienation and exile within one’s own country, along with the broad and intimate social challenges faced by creative artists as they pursue their passions.
About Zabel Yesayan
Born in 1878 and raised in Constantinople (Istanbul) at a time when women’s roles were largely restricted to the domestic circle, Zabel Yesayan defied conventions throughout her life. After graduating from school and deciding that she wanted to pursue a literary career, she travelled to France to study literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne University. She became a prolific writer, and eventually returned to Constantinople after the Young Turk Revolution of 1908. When the Armenian Genocide tragically followed a few years later, she had become so widely acclaimed that she was the only woman included on the list of Armenian writers and intellectuals who were targeted by the Ottoman authorities for arrest, deportation, and murder on April 24, 1915. Despite this, she managed to escape and eventually settled in Soviet Armenia where she continued to write until her tragic death following her arrest and imprisonment in during the “Great Purge” at the age of 65.
Format: Online Only Publication Date: January 1, 2020 Language: Western Armenian