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 The Gardens of Silihdar. It is available for free on our website.
For the English translation by Jennifer Manoukian (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 1935 memoir, The Gardens of Silihdar, in which she describes her childhood in Constantinople (Istanbul) during the late nineteenth century. In addition to Yesayan’s vivid and poetic descriptions of life among Constantinople’s Armenian community at the time, the reader also gains a fascinating insight into the early life of one of Armenia’s great writers.
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