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One Life, Three Cultures

One Life, Three Cultures

London: Taderon Press, 2011, 
222 pp, photos, 
ISBN 978-1-903656-38-9, paperback,
UK£16.00/US$22.00
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One Life, Three Cultures: An Iranian-Armenian Odyssey is a collection of memories of the author’s life starting with the premature death of her father in 1936 when she was a child, through sweeter memories of her grandparents’ home in New Julfa where she was immersed in their wonderfully uncomplicated lives. The memoir weaves through the family’s hardships during WWII and Iran’s occupation by the Allied Forces. The next decade coincides with the author’s college years when political turmoil, police presence on university campuses and clashes with unarmed student demonstrators were frequent occurrences. It is a tale of her life in England – where she traveled as a student, visitor and temporary resident. And ultimately, it is about the United States where her family settled down in 1976, after leaving Iran at the peak of its prosperity, unaware of the fact that it would soon collapse, followed by the turmoil of renewed political conflicts. It is about the experience of establishing new roots, while holding on to the old, of gracefully embracing a new culture, while exploring new possibilities to maintain and cultivate ancient traditions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Elma Hovanessian was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. A graduate of Tehran University, she majored in English literature and continued her studies in creative writing in London and Los Angeles. She has contributed to English language newspapers and magazines in Iran, the United Kingdom, and the United States. She is the author of Under the Blue Dome, a historical novel set in Iran.
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