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The Candidate
A Novel

Zareh Vorpouni

Translated from the Western Armenian by Jennifer Manoukian and Ishkhan Jinbashian
With an Afterword by Marc Nichanian

Paper $19.95s    |    978-0-8156-3468-3    |    2016

ebook 978-0-8156--5379-0

A powerful novel by one of the most important twentieth-century writers of the Armenian diaspora.

"This novel condenses and conveys extraordinary forces—of violence and forgiveness, of friendship and sacrifice, of silence, literature, and testimony. An incandescent translation by Manoukian and Jinbashian and an indispensable afterword by Nichanian, foremost reader and critic of modern Armenian literature, make the publication of The Candidate an indisputable event, as readers of English can finally pay close attention to the words of Zareh Vorpouni."—Gil Anidjar, Columbia University

"The Candidate seems very much a product between times—reminiscent of both 1920 and 1960s experimentation – and French and Armenian cultures. It is certainly also of interest as such—an addition to the European corpus that has familiar elements, yet is also distinctive."—Complete Review

  The Candidate

  Zareh Vorpouni (1902–1980) was a prominent Armenian writer. He is the author of numerous novels and short story collections, including The Persecuted, a cycle of four novels published between 1929 and 1974: The Attempt, The Candidate, Asphalt, and A Regular Day. This is the first of his novels to be translated into English. Jennifer Manoukian is a translator of Western Armenian literature, most recently The Gardens of Silihdar by Zabel Yessayan. Ishkhan Jinbashian is the translator of numerous books, including Passage through Hell and The Fatal Night.

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