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September 7, 2011

The Armenian translation of Garin K. Hovannisian’s Family of Shadows

Yerevan—The Armenian translation of Garin K. Hovannisian’s Family of Shadows (Գերդաստան Ստվերաց) was unveiled Tuesday evening at the Yeghishe Charents House-Museum. The book has been published by Tigran Metz Publishing Company. The translation is by Samvel Mkrtchyan.

The evening commenced with welcoming words by Lilit Hakopyan, the director of the house-museum. These were followed by remarks by Levon Ananyan, the chairman of the Writer’s Union of Armenia; Samvel Mkrtchyan, the translator of the book; and Raffi K. Hovannisian, a protagonist of the story and the author’s father. Garin Hovannisian concluded the evening with a moving presentation, as he read excerpts from the book.

Family of Shadows tells the story of three generations of the Hovannisian family, as they reflect the great historical events unfolding around them. Garin’s great-grandfather Kaspar survived the Armenian Genocide of 1915, became a soldier of General Antranig, and followed the American Dream to the San Joaquin Valley of California. His grandfather Richard left the family farm to find and write the history of a lost nation. He helped pioneer the field of Armenian Studies in the United States and became a world authority on genocide. The author’s father Raffi was also haunted—and inspired—by the past. In 1989 he left his law firm in Los Angeles to stage the original act of repatriation to Soviet Armenia, where he played a historic role in the creation of a new and independent republic.

Hovannisian writes:

“My family story was about three men who left—that was my guiding insight. My great-grandfather left the ruins of his homeland. My grandfather left his father’s farm. My father left the wonders of an American life. The family story, I believed, was about prodigal sons, which is to say men who ruled over their own destinies.”

The Armenian translation of Family of Shadows is available in bookstores in Yerevan. The proceeds will be donated to Orran, a charitable organization helping needy children and elderly.

The Armenian Center for National and International Studies (ACNIS) is a leading independent strategic research center located in Yerevan, Armenia.  As an independent, objective institution committed to conducting professional policy research and analysis, ACNIS strives to raise the level of public debate and seeks to broaden public engagement in the public policy process, as well as fostering greater and more inclusive public knowledge. Founded in 1994, ACNIS is the institutional initiative of Raffi K. Hovannisian, Armenia’s first Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Over the past fifteen years, ACNIS has acquired a prominent reputation as a primary source of professional independent research and analysis covering a wide range of national and international policy issues.

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