Krikor Beledian’s Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France is a valuable addition to the growing number of critical studies of Armeinan literature produced in the Diaspora. It provides a theoretical foundation for understanding the intellectual, emotional, and existential challenges faced by Armenian authors in France.
The authors discussed in Fifty Years of Armenian Literature in France wrote in Western Armenian. Why they chose to write in Armenian, and not in the language of their newly adopted country, is one of the fundamental questions examined. The Armenian language was a vehicle for their own self-reflection on questions of identity and also a means to express their worldview. Beledian delves into the interaction between the authors and the society where they lived and how that relationship was reflected in the works produced.
Krikor Beledian has produced a comprehensive and fascinating view of the Armenian literary landscape in France, one that will be of lasting significance to the study of Armenian literature. This volume will provide a wealth of material useful to both scholars and to the reading public.