The publication of this book was initiated by the Head of Chair of Romance Philology Hasmik Baghdasaryan. Three years ago the previously unreleased pages of this book had appeared in her hands. Today they are in the form of novel-memoir at the disposal of our readers.
The book tells the story of the deportation and massacres in Van province. The book is fully based on real events. This documentary presents the life of the Armenian villages in the beginning of the 20th century under the domination of Turkish and Kurdish bandits.
“I think the historical memory is very important to maintain the sense of national identity. On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide this is a great gift to the Armenian nation,” - said the Dean of the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology Samvel Abrahamyan.
Hasmik Baghdasaryan presented the author’s biography: “Both literary and colloquial styles are used in it; there are also many Kurdish and Turkish words. The social and political life after the Genocide is also included in the book.”
The book’s introduction was written by the Director of the Institute of History of NAS RA Ashot Melkonyan. The editorial work was performed by Hasmik Baghdasaryan and linguist Parandzem Meytikhanyan and historian Gegham Badalyan has prepared the dictionary of toponyms and maps.
“There are facts in the book which we, historians, knew only from the historical sources. Any Turk or Kurd, living in Norduz province, will not in doubt that it is entirely consistent with the reality, as this is the reproduction of memories of the 12-year- old junior,” - said Ashot Melkonyan.
Representatives of the faculties of History, Armenian Philology and Romance and Germanic Philology, NAS RA, historians and others were present at this presentation.
“The book can be considered as a scientific study and primary source. And this is a claim and not just fiction work,” – said Dean of the Faculty of History Edik Minasyan.
Hrachya Gevorgyan was born in 1902 in Van province (Norduz, Dim village). He then came to Echmiadzin and later moved to Yerevan. Later his grandchildren decided to publish his memories. The author died in 1987.