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Zabel Yesayan

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Birth name Zabel Hovhannessian
Other names Zabel Esayan, Zabel Yessayan
Name in Armenian Զապէլ Եսայեան
Birthplace Constantinople
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Birth date 4 February 1878
Lived in Constantinople, Yerevan
Death place Siberia
Death year 1943
Education Sorbonne
Profession Writer
Languages Armenian
Dialects Eastern Armenian, Western Armenian

Zabel Yesayan (in Armenian Զապել Եսայան, in Western Armenian Զապէլ Եսայեան) (born in Uskudar, Constantinople, Ottoman Turkey February 4, 1878 - died Siberia, USSR 1943) was a famous Armenian novelist, poet, writer, and teacher.

Before establishing herself permanently in Yerevan in 1933, Istanbul-born and Sorbonne-educated Zabel Yesayan (1878-1943) lived and worked in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, and Azerbaijan. An erudite scholar, an influential teacher, and a versatile author, she published works in both French and Armenian. In her autobiographical novels and novellas – Retreating Forces (1926), Shirt of Fire (1934), The Gardens of Silihdar (1935), and others, she draws on her early experiences in Istanbul. Her magnum opus Barba Khachik (Yerevan, 1966), a posthumously published unfinished novel of 851 pages, is based on the life of an unconventional uncle, a Zorba-like character whom she adored as a child. Her other works include Phoney Geniuses (1909), a satirical novel; In the Ruins (1911), eyewitness accounts of the 1909 Cilician massacres; Contemporary Western-Armenian Writers (1916), literary criticism; and Prometheus Unchained (1928), travel impressions of Soviet Armenia. Thought dismissed as propaganda, this last book expresses her whole-hearted commitment to the new regime. But as a former member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and a passionate defender of Charents, Bakounts, Mkrtitch Armen, and others accused of deviationism and anti-Soviet agitation, she too was arrested, exiled, and died under circumstances that have never been disclosed.

From Ara Baliozian's "The Armenians: Their History & Culture" - Reproduced here with his permission.



WHAT I AM READING Compiled by John Freeman

The Australian December 10, 2005 Saturday All-round Review Edition

SOURCE: MATP

"I'm reading a most extraordinary book by a most extraordinary writer: Zabel Yesayan's Among the Ruins. She lived in the late Ottoman Empire, the only woman writer on a list of 234 Armenian intellectuals that the Young Turks found dangerous and decided to eliminate. She miraculously escaped the 1915 killings and deportation of Armenians, only to die in Stalin's Siberia. She was a true intellectual, in constant exile."

Elif Shafak, author of The Flea Palace.


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Paris Street Renamed in Honor of Zabel Yesayan

March 9, 2018

On March 8, International Woman’s Day, a small walkway in Paris was renamed in honor of the Armenian novelist, translator and social activist Zabel Yesayan (1878-1943).

It was last year, during a visit to France by Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, that Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo promised to rename a street in honor of Yesayan.

Allée Zabel Essayan is located at the intersection of Rue Tlemcen and Rue Spinoza, off of Avenue de la République in the 11th arrondissement.

http://hetq.am/eng/news/86440/paris-street-renamed-in-honor-of-zabel-yesayan.html


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External Links & References http://www.armenianhouse.org/yesayan/yesayan-en.html




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