Being in the thick of the crowd, his small figure was tense like a bird’s wing and his eyes were full of melancholy and irony. He looks at the spring sky exceedingly attentively, as if expecting a miracle from this whitish blue. Softly he sits down on a bench and starts to examine faces of people around him. A thought of Ortega y Gasset flashed through his mind, “… art is striven for exactly because it is regarded to be a farce… people suppose that new music and art are a “pure” farce in the worst of its senses…” The artist looked round. A carelessly laughing woman was standing in the center of the pavement. He shuddered. What unconcern in this world where everything is calculated and verified, where everything is collapsing…everyone escapes to his or her own world, and an artist has to catch and depict this world where all people are lonely as never before. But she, the young woman, has just been here and her life refutes his suppositions that the world is that lonely and cruel. As Ortega has it, “…a modern artist suggests our looking at art like at a game, in effect, like at a mockery of ourselves”. Kochar did not share this point of view… He did not notice how he stood up and crossed the narrow crowded street at a quick pace. The wish for arguing against the Spanish philosopher and himself dwelt inside. His small figure as a light angel was flickering in the flow of people…
An interview with Frederick Frangyan, President of the Nuran Frangyan Foundation, taken by Diana Stepanyan at the Armenian Museum of France (Paris, La Roche Avenue). There are a lot of unique pieces at the “Frangyan” Museum, but our readers have scarcely heard about them…
An essay by the outstanding Armenian writer, the author of the novel "Vardanank", which was first published on 2 August 1920 and since that time it has been published quite rarely, mainly in the Armenian Diaspora’s mass media. We offer the reader the Armenian original, as well as full Russian and English translations.
We offer to our readers’ attention the comments of Ruben Angaladyan about the work by Derenik Demirchyan, which were written specially for our magazine.
Regarding its birthplace, Armenian literature is quite sharply divided into the one, born in the lap of the Church and the other, born in the world. Aspects of the reality, interspersed into the works of historians and annalists of the past, evidently date back to the aspects of biblical prophets – this genre can be considered all-Christian. It differs considerably from secular aspects, being a part of political publicism of the New Time. In the first case, the mastery of imitation of famous Old Testament specimens, the mastery of their versification in a new way, was not less important than their correlation with reality. In the second case, such a self-sufficing thing becomes party spirit membership, the aim of coming closer to the reality, having predetermined measures. Therefore, it is impossible to perceive criticism turned to the Armenian community, stated by church and secular authors, separated by many centuries (for example, Aristakes Lastivertsi and Mikael Nalbandyan), as a socially and psychologically precise diagnosis of the actual for their time state of the nation.
An interview with Doctor of Philosophy, professor, and academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Hamlet Gevorkyan
Interview with Vakhtang (Vic) Darchinyan, nicknamed "Raging Bull," winner of championship belts of the WBC (World Boxing Council) and WBA (World Boxing Association) in the first bantamweight champion.