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PRESENTATION OF LEVON-ZAVEN ZURMELIAN’S “TECHNIQUES OF FICTION WRITING: MEASURE AND MADNESS” BOOK

On Tuesday, February 17, the presentation of famous Diasporan Armenian writer and poet Levon-Zaven Surmelian’s “Techniques of Fiction Writing: Measure and Madness” book took place at the AUA Business Center. The event was organized by the Armenian General Benevolent Union and M. Abeghian Institute of Literature of the RA National Academy of Sciences. The book, financed by the AGBU...

On Tuesday, February 17, the presentation of famous Diasporan Armenian writer and poet Levon-Zaven Surmelian’s “Techniques of Fiction Writing: Measure and Madness” book took place at the AUA Business Center. The event was organized by the Armenian General Benevolent Union and M. Abeghian Institute of Literature of the RA National Academy of Sciences. The book, financed by the AGBU “Levon-Zaven Surmelian” Fund and published by the Abeghian Institute of Literature in the “Literary Studies XX century” series, was translated into Armenian by Aram Arsenian. Host of the event Deputy Director of AGBU Armenian Representation Hovig Eordekian invited for the opening speech AGBU Armenian Representation Director Ashot Ghazarian, who spoke about the publishing activities of the Union and especially publication of the works of Armenian writers who create in foreign languages. Azat Yeghiazarian, literary critic, initiator and editor of the Armenian publication of Surmelian’s book, also delivered a speech emphasizing the importance of the “Literary Studies XX Century” series. Singer Knarik Abrahamian performed songs of Komitas. Literary critic and Director of “Spyurk” scientific-educational center Suren Danielian presented the book. According to Danielian, Surmelian’s book can be a good textbook for young writers and literary critics. Translator Aram Arsenian also spoke about the book. Famous painter Hagop Hagopian shared his unforgettable impressions from Surmelian’s “Joyful Lights”, which he had read being a student at Melkonian Educational Institute. Surmelian’s nephew Sargis Sargsyan proudly spoke about the book, which is used as a textbook in a number of US universities. He also mentioned that he has the correspondence between Surmelian and Vahan Tekeyan at his disposal. A closing speech was made by Levon Ananian, Chairman of the RA Writers’ Union, who highly estimated the quality of the translation. Many writers, literary critics, students and intelligentsia were present at the event followed by a reception.

 

 

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