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G.M. Goshgarian

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University of Burgundy

G. M. Goshgarian has translated poetry and prose by twenty-eight modern Armenian writers into English: Abovian, Alishan, Andonian, Arpiarian, Balakian, Beledian, K. Emin, M. Emin, V. Grigorian, Hamasdegh, Indra, Injijian, Kurkdjian, Mahari, Narduni, H. Oshagan, V. Oshagan, M. Petrosian, Sarafian, Shahnur, Shushanian, Srvantsdiants, Terian, Varoujan, Vorpuni, Vratsian, Yessayan, and K. Zarian. The most important of his translations from the Armenain, an English version of the first part of Hagop Oshagan's novel "Remnants", was awarded a PEN Translation Award in 2009 and issued by Gomidas Press on the 130th anniversary of Oshagan's birth in 2013; a second, revised edition appeared in February 2014 and was reissued in a slightly improved version in August of the same year. Goshgarian's translation of a novella by Zabel Yessayan was released in a volume of her work in 2014 under the title "My Soul in Exile and Other Writings" by AIWA Publishing, which will issue his translation of "In the Ruins", Yessayan's account of her experiences with survivors of the 1909 Adana pogroms, in spring 2015. His translations of eight other Armenian writers, including Abovian, K. Zarian, and Varoujan, have appeared in an appendix to Marc Nichanian's "Mourning Philology" (Fordham University Press, 2014). Among his earlier published translations from Armenian are selections from Mahari's novel "Burning Gardens" in M. Nichanian's "Writers of Disaster"; poems by K. Beledian, G. Emin and V. Grigorian, available in "Ararat" and "Deviation: Anthology of Contemporary Armenian Literature"; and an essay on Artsakh/Karabagh by Vahe Oshagan, available in A. Oshagan and V. Oshagan, "Father Land".

Goshgarian has also published translations of twenty-five books and a number of essays from French and German, including work by Janine Altounian, Sévane Garibian, Raymond Kévorkian, Marc Nichanian, Vahé Tachjian, Gilbert Achcar, Louis Althusser, Étienne Balibar, Esther Benbassa, Jacques Derrida, Gérard Genette, Boris Groys, and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger. His edition of Louis Althusser's previously unpublished "Initiation à la philosophie pour les non-philosophes" was released in 2014 by the Presses universitaires de France, which will publish his edition of Althusser's "Être marxiste en philosophie" in spring 2015. He has written long introductions to two collections of Althusser's work in English, "The Humanist Controversy" (London, Verso, 2003) and "Philosophy of the Encounter" (Verso, 2006). His review article on the Turkish journalist Ece Temelkuran's "Deep Mountain: Across the Turkish-Armenian Divide" (Verso, 2010) may be found in the Winter 2011 issue of the on-line journal "New Politics".




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