Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dr. Krikor Beledian

Saturday, January 31, 6 pm
Sunday, February 1, 6 pm
Glendale Public Library Auditorium
222 East Harvard Street, Glendale
(818) 548-2042

The Library will host a two-day literary event with Krikor Beledian, one of the most important 21st century Armenian literary figures. The events will be organized by Hamazgayin Cultural Society and Glendale Public Library.

Born and raised in Lebanon, Dr. Krikor Beledian is a leading French-Armenian poet, novelist and critic whose work has been published in Armenia, France, Lebanon, and by Abril Books in Glendale. Dr. Beledian lives in Paris and teaches at the Institut Catholique in Lyons as well as at the Paris Institut National de Langues et Civilisations Orientales. His extensive work revolves around questions of Armenian identity; but is most powerful in the way he uses the language to express his thoughts. Beledian has played a significant role in the development of the Western Armenian literary language.

”The Artist and His Model” - On January 31, Dr. Beledian will discuss Levon Shant’s literary work. Levon Seghposian or Levon Shant was born on April 6, 1869 in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire and died on November 29, 1951 in Beirut; Lebanon. He was an Armenian playwright, novelist, poet, and founder of the Hamazkayin National Cultural Foundation.

On February 1, Dr. Beledian will discuss his newly published book Dialogue Avec Narekasti, that analyzes the literary work of Grigor Narekatsi.

Grigor Narekatsi (951–1003) was an Armenian monk, poet, mystical philosopher and theologian, born into a family of writers. The mystical poem "Book of Lamentations" has been translated into many languages.

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