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Stepan Zorian
This collection outlines echoes of the war in the Armenian village. Compositions of 20-s display psychological changes caused by the revolution and the attempts to transform life (“The Library Girl”, “The White City”).

The novel “Amirian Family” is a document on the 1921 Armenian civil war. The novel “A Life Story”, the biography of a whole generation, brings together key pages of the history of Armenians of near past. The collection of stories “Simple Souls” is related to World War II.

The literary legacy of Stepan Zorian is marked by historical novels. The deep interest for the Armenian history first was reflected in the collection “Roman”, later in the story “Smbat Bagratouni”. It’s outcome were also three novels, “The King Pap”, “Armenian Fortress” and “Varazdat” going back to the 4th century of the Armenian history, a tragic and dramatic period when Armenian kings Arshak II and Pap were at pains to deliver Armenia from oppression by powerful neighbouring countries and make it independent.

Through these chronically successive writings the author confirms that strong statehood is the key precondition for the existence of the nation. “Armenian Fortress” is about the struggle of King Arshak II for independent statehood of Armenia and his tragic end.

“The King Pap” reveals the greatness of King Pap pointing to his reformative activity and national independent policy. Both “The King Pap” and “Varazdat” illustrate Armenian-Byzantine relations, a new aspect in the Armenian historic novel writing.

Stepan Zorian’s historic novels are in general a new illustration of the Armenian history with a contemporary context, with old history accompanied by present-day content. “Book of Memoirs”, a bunch of exact literary documents, suggest portraits of his contemporaries, Toumanian, Terian, Shirvanzade, Gorky and others. He wrote also for children and youngsters (“Night in the Forest”, “Black Seto”, “Fairy-Tales”, etc).

Stepan Zorian played a great role in the spheres of history of critical thought and translation. He translated Lev Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” and works of other foreign writers. His compositions were translated into 22 languages.

Stepan Zorian died on October 14 and was buried in Yerevan Pantheon named after Komitas. In 1980 annual award named after Stepan Zorian was defined.
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Writer: Hasmik Muradyan
Editor: Eugenia Melkonyan
 Date Added: Thursday August 31, 2006 09:05:03 

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