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Karine Khalatova: Fearless woman. The last years of Zabel Yesayan's life in documents, letters, memoirs
Yerevan, YSU Publishing House, 2021, 170 p., 12 p. with illustrations

ISBN 978-5-8084-2475-3

DOI: https://doi.org/10.46991/YSUPH/9785808424753


The well-known Western Armenian writer Zabel Yesayan (1878‒1942(?)) acquired the status of a Soviet writer, returning to her homeland in 1933, where in 1937, like many repatriates, she became a victim of Stalinist repressions. The fruitful creative path of the native of Constantinople was accompanied by the bloody trace of the Armenian people, she was an eyewitness of the tragedy in Adana, Cilicia ... and tried to save the lives of the surviving refugees and orphans. “Zabel's character was not fragile. She saw with her own eyes how deserted Western Armenia, how villages and cities turned into ashes. However, she retained her mental fortitude, never despaired and did not drop her pen ...” The author of the first monograph about her, S. Arzumanyan, wrote about this in 1966, and in 2017, the American portal Refinery 29 announced Zabel Yesayan as one of the five fearless women in the world. As evidence of this, the author placed in the book documents, letters, memoirs, as well as excerpts from her works published for the first time in Russian translation.

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