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Armenian Literature

Armenian literature dates back over 1500 years. The Armenian Research Center is pleased to offer Shant Norashkharian's translations of selected Armenian authors on our homepage.

The first author in this section is Gostan Zarian (1885-1969). Eight excerpts from his The Ship on the Mountain are presented below.

First Excerpt (pages 81-87).
Second Excerpt (pages 147-154).
Third Excerpt (pages 158-166).
Fourth Excerpt (pages 166-172).
Fifth Excerpt (pages 336-345).
Sixth Excerpt (pages 413-420).
Seventh Excerpt (pages 437-448).
Eighth Excerpt (pages 480-491).

The second author in this section is Siamanto (1878-1915).

The Dance (poem).
A and B: The Revenge of Centuries (poem).
The Vintage (poem).
Antranig (poem).
A Handful Of Ash, Home Of My Fatherland (poem).
The Prayer Of Navasart For Goddess Anahid (poem).
Eulogy (poem).
The Saint's Prayer (poem).
The Vision (poem).
The Glory of the Invention (poem).

The third author in this section is Shahan Shahnour (1903-1974). Three excerpts from Retreat without Song are presented below.

First Excerpt.
Second Excerpt.
Third Excerpt.

The fourth author in this section is Baruyr Sevag.

To My Son (poem).
Hayasdan (poem).

The fifth author in this section is Hovhannes Shiraz.

To Arayig Shiraz (poem).
Will (poem).

The sixth author in this section is Hagop Norashkharian (Norouni).

A Son's Word to his Flowering Fatherland (poem).
Longing (Garod) (poem).
Only You Were Left to Me... (poem).
To Live (poem).

The seventh author in this section is Taniel Varoujan.

The Sowing (poem).
Letter of Longing (Garod) (poem).

The eighth author in this section is Yeghishe Charents.

I Love My Sweet Armenia's... (poem).
Ode To My Mother (poem).
Toward the Future (poem).

The ninth author in this section is Ara Baliozian.

First Excerpt. (from Pages from My Diary)
Second Excerpt. (from Pages from My Diary)
New Writings.

The tenth author in this section is Shant Norashkharian.

The Last Song (poem).
O Great Rain (poem).
Civilized Man (poem).
The Desert (poem).
Inch @sem, Inch Badmem? (a dialog).
Sarkis Jan (a short story).

About the Translator:

Shant Norashkharian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1953, where he graduated from the Armenian Evangelical College. He then studied at the American University of Beirut, and earned his Electrical Engineering degree at California State University, Los Angeles. He also studied classical music composition in Beirut, Yerevan, Vienna, and Los Angeles. He is the son of the late Hagop Norashkharian, poet, writer, editor, founder of Nor Serount Cultural Association, and author of nine books published in the diaspora and in the homeland. He is the grandson of Levon Norashkharian, who is the author of Zeytoun, 1914-1921, and who fought the Turks from 1915, when his father Nazareth Chavoush, the mayor of Zeytun, was murdered by the Turkish Kaimakam, to 1921 when he settled in Musa Dagh [which at that time was in the French mandate of Syria].

Shant Norashkharian has translated Zarian, Shahnour, Sevag, Baronian and other Armenian writers from Armenian to English. He is also the author of vocal compositions such as Psalm 86 for choir and organ, and instrumental compositions such as the symphonic poems Kacherou Bar, and Garod which was premiered by the Las Vegas Civic Symphony orchestra in 1992. He currently resides in Ontario, California.

Recently, Shant Norashkharian has created Armenian Reform Insurgence, an association dedicated to the reform of Armenian institutions and leadership.

See also his website at

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