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The Fool (Khenté): Armenian Edition
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The unforgettable tale of a man, a woman, and a nation divided. Written by Raffi, one of Armenia's most popular writers. Although not a novel of the Armenian Genocide of 1915-23 per se , Raffi's... More > masterpiece is as important to understanding the historical context of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th century as any history textbook. It can be argued that if Raffi's messages of Armenian self-sufficiency had been more widely heeded, the tragedies of the 1890s and 1915 might have turned out differently. It was originally published in 1881 and deals with the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 long before the large-scale massacres began. Raffi called for action, unity, and self-reliance. Many of his criticisms of the Armenian community of the time are equally as applicable today as they were nearly 125 years ago. He foresaw what was in store for the Armenians if they did not actively seek to change their fate. Armenian Edition< Less
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As two ruthless empires clashed under the false banner of religion, the unsuspecting Armenian and Assyrian peasants of Albak were caught in a holocaust of burning, looting and massacre. Engulfed in... More > the inescapable impact of these events, Raffi set aside everything else to write his first historical novel, Jalaleddin. With sparing but vivid strokes he fashioned a stark, compact drama of epic proportions, forging a story that at once crystallyzed the emotions of the Armenian public, showed them the path to freedom, and set their fate squarely before them. But with its call to self-defense and its frontal assault on the clerical establishments of two major religions, Jalaleddin was not appreciated by everyone. Immediately upon publication it set off a firestorm of controversy and was bitterly attacked for its ideas in the conservative Armenian press.< Less
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