Armenian books reflect the culture, traditions, mentality and many more of Armenian nation. They serve as a travel guide through the history of Armenia.
Books are considered to be the best friend of mankind and through these books we explore more and more places and cultures without visiting them, just sitting at home.
To find out the peculiarities of one nation, you just need to read the most famous books of that nation. So, this all refers to Armenia book, as well. You can find a lot of books written by Armenian authors, in different languages. Most common languages are Armenian, Russian and English.
These books are like a travel guide. They take you to the different stages of the Armenian history, show you Armenian traditions, mentality, etc. In a word, reading books is the best way have a general idea what to say to an Armenian, in order to turn a small talk to a deep conversation.
You can find any kind of book to your taste and liking. Here we are, offering you some help in picking up the first few Armenian books to read.
Armenian Books #1: “The Lark farm” (About Genocide)
Hardly can you find an Armenian who is indifferent to the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians organized exactly 100 years ago, by the Ottoman Empire. The official term for those massacre is The Armenian Genocide.
“The Lark farm” is dedicated to the tragic events of 1915. The author of the book is Antonia Arslan, an Italian writer whose roots are from Western Armenia.
The plot tells about the clan of the Avakians, who were living in Turkey. They were considering the Turkish government to be their friends, but one day the soldiers of Ottoman military forces entered their house and slaughtered all male members of the family.
Afterwards, women and little girls were forced to walk till the Syrian Desert. Meanwhile, a Turkish officer feels in love with an Armenian girl and tries to help her to escape the death. There was also a homonym movie shot in 2007. You can easily find the movie online.
This is one of the many books dedicated to the Armenian genocide and as we have mentioned above, the grandparents of Antonia Arslan were the survivors of the genocide. And the book is a reality-based story.
Armenian Books #2: “Samvel”
Samvel or Samuel is one of the masterpieces of the 19th-century Armenian literature, written by Armenian writer Raffi.
The main story of “Samvel” dates back to the 5th century and is describing the situation in Armenia at that time.
The core of the book is the endless love of Samvel towards his motherland. He couldn’t stand the betrayal of his father and mother to his homeland, as they wanted to change their religion and conceal their true ethnicity for better life in Persian (Then-time enemy for Armenia) side.
This book is considered to be the classic example of Armenian historical books in Armenian literature. It is included in school programs as well.
If you once read this book, you will understand how much Armenians do love their homeland and you can realize what they are ready to do, in order to protect it from other invasions.
Armenian Books #3: Writings of Paruyr Sevak
If you want to feel the full power and the strength of Armenian mind, then we have a perfect suggestion for you. Just try to read the writings of the greatest Armenian writer Paruyr Sevak.
It is very difficult to separate one or two books of Paruyr Sevak. Seriously, he is considered to be the genius mind of Armenia and all his works are worth reading.
He mainly wrote poems and sometimes also novels.
Armenian Books #4: “Human Comedy”
Maybe you would find it difficult to read Armenian books, or just to find them online and so on. That’s why we offer you to read a book, which was written by the Armenian writer who was living in the United States of America.
The author is William Saroyan. The book “Human comedy” is one of the best writings of Saroyan. The story of the book tells about events happening during the second world war in a small city of California, called Itaqa (the name was invented by the author).
It’s about a 14-year-old boy, who went to work as a postman after his father’s death. While doing his job, he had to deliver letters about the death of soldiers to their families.
The book was written for those, who have lost their hopes. It encourages and gives hope to people during wars.
A film was shot in 1943 based on this book and had won an Oscar for the best script.
The movie is also available for online watching.
Armenian Books #5: “Me and Him”
This book is one of the most beloved books by Armenians, we can ensure you. The author is Nar-Dos. The book is a tragic love story.
The author presents 2 different stories and 2 different destinies, where both characters loved someone who didn’t love them back. It underlines those difficulties of the social class differences, which can lead to the breakup of loving couples.
From the title, you may think that this is just an ordinary love story about to loving people. The interesting fact is, that the part of “Me” is a separate story and the part of “Him” is another one.
Interesting? Then you can try to find it online or from libraries.
Armenian Books #6: “Lilit”
“Lilit” is one of the classic books of Armenian literature. The author, Avetik Isahakyan describes Lilit as Adam’s first wife. The main story it is said to be originating from a Jewish legend.
The story tells, that God created Lilit from fire and Adam from soil. Lilit didn’t like that Adam smelled like a soil.
In the end of the story Lilit escapes with Satan, which has a shape of snake. Only after all these things, God created Eva from Adam’s bone, so that she wouldn’t do the same and always would be with him.
Probably the most remarkable sentence of the book would be the following.
Maybe some people would find this book kind of a Bible-like, but this is surely one of the most beautiful love stories ever.
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