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Posted 21 June 2001 - 06:04 AM

Contemporary Armenian literature can boast of three sets of giants: the first active in Istanbul at the turn of the century; the second in Yerevan in the 1930s; and the third in the Diaspora.
The first set was betrayed by an Armenian and exterminated on April 24, 1915 by Talaat; the second was purged by Armenian commissars acting in the name of Stalin; and the third was silenced by our own killer-commissars parading as defenders of the faith in the Diaspora.
Result? From three generation of giants, we end up with nothing!
Stalin never said "I have no use for poets." On the contrary: he sensed the power poets had on the public and saw them as a serious threat to his hold on power. But one of our own national benefactors, who is universally venerated as a statesman of vision, came right out and said, "We have no use for poetry," and no one dared to contradict him.
Whenever anyone dares to say anything remotely critical these days, he is immediately torn to shreds by our killer-commissars. I have seen this happen even to pro-establishment pundits like Prof. Bournoutian and Dr. Acemoglu.
In the land of the brave and the free and in the name of God and Country, we have killed Armenian literature without singing a single verse of "Der voghormia."

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Posted 01 September 2001 - 05:04 AM

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posted June 03, 2001 10:41 AM
One of the victims of our Genocide that is never mourned or even mentioned is our loss of self-objectivity or the ability to view the world and ourselves with honesty. Our pre-Genocide writers in Istanbul wrote with greater courage and honesty than our ablest writers today. If Hagop Baronian came back to life and wrote as he did then he would be lynched by a mob of bosses, bishops, benevolent benefactors and their assorted hirelings, hangers-on and flunkies. And worse, he would be silenced, ignored, and buried alive, very much like Baruir Massikian (1912-1990) who is ignored not only by our establishment types but also by our so-called literary historians and critics. In his voluminous texts on modern Armenian literature, Minas Tololian mentions Massikian’s name only once and that in a list of other completely negligible and forgotten writers.

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