The Five Melikdoms of Karabagh (1600-1827)
transl. from Armenian by Ara Stepan Melkonian
London: Taderon Press, 2010,
ISBN 978-1-90-3656-57-0, paperback,
UK£16.00 / US$22.00
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This is the first English translation of The Five Melikdoms of Karabagh, and it joins four other English translations of Raffi’s work undertaken by the Gomidas Institute and Taderon Press. The other works are The Fool, Jalaleddin, The Golden Rooster and Tajkahayk.
About the Author
Raffi (né Hakob Melik-Hakobian) was born in 1835 in Bayajuk, near Salmas, in northwestern Persia. He died in Tiflis in 1888. He was a prolific and popular writer who contributed to Krikor Ardzrouni’s Tiflis-based liberal periodical, Mshak (Cultivator). Among his other principal works of fiction are Jalaleddin, Gharib Mshetsi (The exile from Moush), Khachagoghi Hishatakarane (The diary of a cross-stealer), Kaitzer (Sparks), Davit Bek, and Samuel.
About the Translator
Ara Stepan Melkonian is a British based Fellow at the Gomidas Institute. His other translations include Tajkahayk by Raffi (Taderon Press, 2008) and Accursed Years by Yervant Odian (Gomidas Institute, 2009)