The Greats About The Greatest. Hovhannes Tumanyan
“Tumanyan was a central figure in the Armenian literature and culture in the beginning of the 20th century. Almost all the prominent figures of culture were being guests in his hospitable house. Though the literary group “Vernatun” consisted of six members only – Ghazaros Aghayan, Hovhannes Tumanyan, Levon Shant, Nikol Aghbalyan, Avetik Isahakyan and Derenik Demirjyan. The book includes exclusively the letters, memories and articles of the members of “Vernatun” concerning Hovhannes Tumanyan and “Vernatun”. The book will be a good present for those who appreciate Tumanyan’s humane and creative noble image.”
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 by Armen Tigranian and Almast by Alexander Spendiaryan, were written based on his works.