Was it a year of Charents?


The literary year passed under the motto "It's a year of Charents". On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of Yeghishe Charents, books were published, scientific conferences and other events took place. However, as a result of all this, to what extent did the great poet become more ours, was a new discourse created around his work? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss.

The cover of the book as a chronicle of life


The covers not only make the appearance of the book attractive, but also present the image of time and reality in a unique way. Especially the covers of books published in the 20s and 30s of the 20th century tell a lot about their time. In "Parallel Readings", literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and novelist Aram Pachyan discuss the features and significance of Soviet-Armenian book covers.

Within one story. Hambardzum Hambardzumyan, "That Night"


The story "That Night" by the modern novelist Hambardzum Hambardzumyan is a small but rich episode of the Armenian reality of the 1990s. In a short artistic space, it presents the reality of a Yerevan neighborhood from a child's perspective.  Why was this work loved by readers, how does the author manage to condense the period and people within a few pages? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss the story in "Parallel Readings".

Vahag Davtyan 100


The 100th anniversary of Vahag Davtyan was completed in 2022. The multi-genre work of the poet is evaluated in terms of continuity and innovation of the Armenian poetry tradition. What other features does V. Davtyan's poem have, how the author manages to combine lyricism and epic spirit. Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and Lilit Seyranyan discuss.

How to evaluate modern Armenian literature?


By what principles is modern literature evaluated during competitions and by publications, what is particularly important when accepting a book for publication? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss.

Within a story: Derenik Demirchyan's "Avelord"


"Avelord" is one of the best stories of Armenian literature. Just a perfect work that embraces all the patterns typical of the genre, while at the same time shocking with its plot and generalizations.  The story is also included in school textbooks and is a topic of discussion. Is the story presented correctly, what ideological messages does it have?  Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and teacher Arsen Vardanyan discuss.

From fame to oblivion- famous Armenian writers during their lifetime, but forgotten now


There is a well-known story about how someone with the surname Tumanyan kindly urged the very young Hovhannes Tumanyan to change his surname and choose a normal literary name, because there cannot be two Tumanyans in the literary field. However, no one remembers that person anymore, but everyone knows Tumanyan.  Why are writers being forgotten, is this forgetting solely related to literary value, or are there other reasons?
Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss.

What to read in difficult times?


Literature also has therapeutic, sobering, spiritual harmony-restoring properties. All this is especially important in moments of individual and public crises. What to read in difficult times? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss. 

Illustration: does it hinder or help reading?


Illustration and design not only ensure the proper appearance of the book, but also contribute to the understanding of the content, sometimes becoming a unique interpretation. What are the illustrations in our books like, do they hinder or enhance reading? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and artist and illustrator Ararat Minasyan discuss.

What is missing in Armenian prose?


Comparing our, especially modern, prose with well-known translation examples, readers note various problems. Literary experts, for their part, often say that we have wonderful prose comparable to world literature, but some questions remain. How is our prose comparable to world famous works, what could have been and what is missing for Armenian prose writers to achieve world fame? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and writer, public speaker Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan discuss.

About one story- Levon Khechoyan, "The Third Son"


The story "The Third Son" by one of the masters of Armenian prose of the period of independence, Levon Khechoyan, is influential and impressive with its shocking plot. On the other hand, as a genre realization, it is one of the best examples of the newest manifestations of Armenian storytelling.  Khechoyan's story "The Third Son" is discussed by literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan. 

Who is the narrator in the Armenian prose?


Writers, especially in modern times, present reality with various artistic tricks and various positions of the viewer and the narrator. Due to the variety of perspectives and narrators, an interesting artistic effect is obtained. In "Parallel Readings", literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and novelist Grieg debate about the narrator and different perspectives in Armenian prose.