Hovhannes Hisarian

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Hovhannes Hisarian (Armenian: Հովհաննես Հիսարյան, born 1827 Constantinople, Ottoman Turkey - died 1916 Constantinople, Ottoman Turkey), was an Armenian writer, novelist, archeologist, editor, and teacher. He was considered the first Armenian romantic novelist.[1]


Hovhannes Hisarian was born and educated in Constantinople. After completing his studies, he became a teacher and professor in many Ottoman public educational institutions. On Januarary 1, 1851 he started and became chief editor of a monthly periodical called Panaser (Philologist).[2] The goal of this periodical was to "enlighten, educated, and further progress the nation." After operating for a year, it ceased its operations.[1] He then founded a French periodical called Journal Asiatic de Constantinople (Asiatic Journal of Constantinople).[1] He died in Constantinople in 1916 at the age of 89.

Writing career

Hovhannes Hisarian is considered the first Armenian romantic novelist in the vernacular Ashkharhabar dialect because of his novel Khosrov yev Makruhi (Khosrov and Makruhi, 1851).[1] The story is about a fictional family who undergoes considerable amount of problems due to their personal interests, jealousy, love, and betrayal.[1]

His second novel, Nern Kam Kataratz Ashkhari (The Antichrist, or the end of the world, 1867) was also written in the same style as Khosrov Yev Makruhi, however the plot and storyline was about religious and metaphysical sentiment.[1]

Even though he tends to write in the Ashkharhabar vernacular, he has published some of his poetry in the Classical Krapar dialect as well. These poems are collected in a volume called Tivan Vor E Dagharan (The Divan Which is Poetry, 1909).[3]

Due to his interest in archeology, he has written many essay and articles pertaining to archeology and the study of it.[1]

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Hacikyan, Agop; Gabriel Basmajian; Edward S. Franchuk (2005). Nourhan Ouzounian (ed.). The Heritage of Armenian Literature Volume III: From the Eighteenth Century to Modern Times. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press. pp. 280–281. ISBN 0-8143-2815-6. Retrieved 19 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "This Day in Armenian History". 2002-06-12. Retrieved 23 October 2011. Hovhannes Hisarian publishes his first periodical "Panaser" in 1851, Constantinople.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Hisarian, Hovhannes (1910). "Divan vor e Dagharan". Gallica: Online Documents. Constantinople: O. Arzuman. p. 244. Retrieved 23 October 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>