Grigor Narekatsi - The Book of Sadness

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Grigor Narekatsi - The Book of Sadness

Translated by: Hachatoor Hachatoorian

"The Book of Sadness" is the principal literary masterpiece of the great Armenian writer, St. Grigor Naretkatsi (951-1003). It is a masterpiece of Medieval Christian writing. It consists of eleven thousand poetic lines arranged in 95 chapters, the book is an appeal to God by a mortal asking for forgiveness to his sins. St. Grigor Narekatsi assumes upon himself all the sins committed by mankind.

Saint Gregory of Narek (Grigor Narekatsi; 951 – 1003) was an Armenian monk, poet, mystical philosopher, theologian and saint of the Armenian Apostolic Church, born into a family of writers. Based in the monastery of Narek (Narekavank), he was "Armenia's first great poet".

He is the author of mystical interpretation on the Song of Songs and numerous poetic writings. His Book of Prayers, also known as "Book of Lamentations", a long mystical poem in 95 sections written around 977 has been translated to many languages. The book, the work of his mature years remains one of the definitive pieces of Armenian literature.
Title in Armenian Գրիգոր Նարեկացի - Մատյան Ողբերգության
Author(s) Grigor Narekatsi
Translator(s) Hachatoor Hachatoorian
Language(s) English
Publisher(s) Nairi
Year 2007
Pages 504
Binding hardcover
Printing Black & White
Size 14 x 21 cm
ISBN 9785550012116

tags: narekatsi, narekaci, gregory of narek, matyan voghbergutyan

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