Hovhannes Tumanyan – Ballads
Hovhannes Tumanyan – Ballads – The ballads of Hovhannes Tumanyan are published as a separate book for the first time. They are taken and republished from “Tumanyan complete works”, 2nd edition. Ballad is one of the principal genres used by Tumanyan. During his long literary journey the poet took great interest in folk traditions, creating unique ballads, which are classic examples of the genre by world literature standards. The book was published by the support of “Lorva Dzor” compatriot’s union and “Edit Print” publishing house.
Hovhannes Tumanyan (February 19 [O.S. February 7] 1869 – March 23, 1923) was an Armenian writer and public activist. He is considered to be the national poet of Armenia.
Tumanyan wrote poems, quatrains, ballads, novels, fables, critical and journalistic articles. His work was mostly written in realistic form, often centering on everyday life of his time. Born in the historical village of Dsegh in the Lori region, at a young age Tumanyan moved to Tiflis, which was the center of Armenian culture under the Russian Empire during the 19th and early 20th centuries. He soon became known to the wide Armenian society for his simple but very poetic works.
Many films and animated films have been adapted from Tumanyan’s works. Two operas: Anush (1912) by Armen Tigranian and Almast (1930) by Alexander Spendiaryan, were written based on his works.