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November 29, 2011

Hovannisian’s Family of Shadows released in paperback, translated into Armenian

New York—The publishing house HarperCollins has announced the paperback release of Garin K. Hovannisian’s Family of Shadows: A Century of Murder, Memory, and the Armenian American Dream, the dramatic history of the Hovannisian family: Kaspar—the survivor of genocide and soldier of General Antranig; Richard—the historian and pioneer of Armenian Studies; and Raffi—the repatriate citizen and first foreign minister of independent Armenia.

The new edition is accessible via Amazon and at most bookstores nationwide.

The book, which has accompanied its author on a year-long tour across the United States and Canada, has received strong critical praise. “Hovannisian brings a historian’s rigor, a poet’s lyricism, and a native son’s passion to this remarkable book,” wrote Samuel G. Freedman, columnist for the New York Times. David Ignatius of the Washington Post called it “one of modern history’s great unexamined stories.”

Family of Shadows has also been released in a new Armenian edition. Translated by Samvel Mkrtchyan—the editor, writer, and translator most recently of James Joyce’s Ulysses—the book, Gerdastan Stverats in the Armenian, was unveiled on September 6, 2011, at the Yeghishe Charents House Museum in Yerevan. “It draws you from page to page with a magnetic force,” remarked Levon Ananyan, president of the Writers' Union of Armenia, on the occasion of the release.

The Armenian translation, as well as the English-language original, is now available at Noyan Tapan, Artbridge, Book World, and Bureaucrat bookstores in Yerevan, and at Abril, Berj, and Sardarabad bookstores in Los Angeles. All proceeds will be donated to Orran, a non-profit benevolent organization founded by Raffi and Armenouhi Hovannisian, which supports needy children and elderly in Armenia.

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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