Yeghishe Charents

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Birth name Եղիշե Աբգարի Սողոմոնյան
Birthplace Kars
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Birth date 13 March 1897
Resides in Yerevan
Death place Yerevan
Death date 1937/11/27
Death year 1937
Positions Writer
Languages Armenian, Russian
Ethnicities Armenian
Dialects Eastern Armenian
Ancestral villages Kars
Spouses Arpenik Charents, Izabella Maluntsyan
Children Arpenik, Anahit
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Armenian Post issued this 150 Dram stamp on October 19, 1997, depicting Eghishe Charents' image.

Yeghishe Charents (born Yeghishe Soghomonian, Armenian: Եղիշե Չարենց) (13 March 1897, Kars - 29 November 1937, Yerevan) was an Armenian poet executed in Stalin's purges.

The following two paragraphs summarize a story from Robert Fisk's Aug 4, 2007 article in The Independent.

Yeghishe Charents, one of the nation's favourite poets - a famous philanderer who apparently sought the Kremlin's favours - produced a now famous poem called "The Message". Its praise of Uncle Joe might grind the average set of teeth down to the gum; it included the following: "A new light shone on the world./Who brought this sun?/... It is only this sunlight/Which for centuries will stay alive." And more of the same.
Undiscovered by the Kremlin's censors for many months, however, Charents had used the first letter of each line to frame a quite different "message", which read: "O Armenian people, your only salvation is in the power of your unity." Whoops! Like the distant Mount Ararat, it was a brave, hopeless symbol, as doomed as it was impressive. Charents was "disappeared" by the NKVD in 1937 after being denounced by the architect Tamanian - now hard at work building Yerevan's new Stalinist opera house - the moment Charents' schoolboy prank was spotted. Then Tamanian fell from the roof of his still unfinished opera house, and even today Armenians - with their Arab-like desire to believe in "the plot" - ask the obvious questions. Did the architect throw himself to his death in remorse? Or was he pushed?

His home at No. 17, Mashtots Avenue in Yerevan was turned into a museum in 1975.

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