NEWLY FOUND VERSIONS OF “A PROMENADE IN THE QUARTERS OF CONSTANTINOPLE” BY HAKOP PARONIAN – 2011-2

Summary

Albert A. Makaryan

The sketches of “The Portraits and Personalities of the Nations Living in Different Quarters of the Capital” were edited by the brilliant Armenian satirist Hakop Paronian (1843-1891) and published in Constantinople in different issues (1874-1875) of the satiric paper Tatron (Theatre) under the dubious pen name Yes (I). This pa per is an attempt to finally verify that the mentioned work is only a variant of Paronian’s famous, “A Pro menade in the Quarters of Constantinople”. Accordingly, we conduct a thorough history of the Promenade… including a comparative study of the main text and its variants believed to be of disputed authorship. Moreover, we think that numerous literary miniatures, stories and short stories ascribed to an author known by the pen names Yes, Dun, Anika, Menq (I, You, He, We), which was actually created by Paronian, still remain scattered in old press issues. The satirical novel “Khachik of the Old World and Gabik of the New World” written in the dialect of Akn is among them. The mentioned literary work needs to be systematized and pub lished in a separate volume and thoroughly investigated. This will undoubtedly be a serious contribution to the enrichment of the satirist’s unique literary heritage.

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