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Grigor Zohrap
Grigor Zohrap, a unique figure in modern Armenian literature, a master of the short story, an influential journalist, editor, educator, an internationally respected jurist and charismatic leader, was born in Constantinople, Peshiktash quarter. His father was from average layers of the society.

Initial education Grigor received in a local grammar school. After his father’s death in 1870, his mother married with a famous lawyer and Grigor appeared in Ortagjugh quarter, in a smart apartment of his stepfather, the place of his first creative attempts. He wrote poems, compositions.

In 1876, Zohrap entered the sole higher educational institution in Turkey of the time - Liceum Kalatasara, opened in 1868 under protection of the French government and direct supervision of the French ambassador in Constantinople. Here Zohrap studied engineering business. He finished the faculty with excellent knowledge.

In 1880, Zohrap began working at the lawyer office of his stepfather as a secretary. Simultaneously he entered the law faculty of Kalatasara. But soon Liceum was closed.

In 1881, a new higher educational institution opened in Turkey - Hugug. Zohrap continued study there. Two years later he left study, not having taken the diploma.

In 1884, in Edirne city he passed examinations and took the diploma of the lawyer. The young creator entered the literary field due to acquaintance with the editor Nikogojos Tjulpenchyan and was engaged in working for his newspaper “Lragir” (Journal). He began as a poet but later branched out into a variety of writing genres. He is best known for his short stories. They are very short and straightforward.

There is always an ironic twist that secures the finale of his tales. Still a teenager, he was anxious by the destiny of people. Many of his writings reflect an intimate social portrait of Armenian society. He was highly politically active and fought for the rights of his people both as a lawyer and later as a social commentator.

Since 1880, Zohrap did the first proof steps in publicism, becoming an active member of literary movement headed by already known young writer and publicist Arpiar Arpiaryan. Both of them played a considerable role in creating literary life in Western Armenia.

In 1885, in the magazine “Erkragund” (Earth) Zohrap published his first novel, “Lost Generation” which deals with psychological conflicts and aspirations of the young. Most of his works are collected in three volumes: “Sounds of Conscience” (1909), “Life As It Is” (1911), “Silent Grieves” (1911).

In a realistic way these short stories reflect life events, inner relations, piercing through the hidden corners of human souls. Among well known short stories are “Deliverance”, “Magdalene”, “Zabughon” “The Widow”, “Happy Death”, “It Seems To Me” etc. His other works include literary sketches, travel notes, and memoirs.

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Writer: Hasmik Muradyan
Editor: Eugenia Melkonyan
 Date Added: Thursday August 31, 2006 09:03:06 

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