Petros H. Demirchyan
Diran Chrakian (Intra) is one of the most individualistic and, at the same time, most mysterious figures in Armenian literature whose life and creative activities from the outset were exposed to highly controversial, even extreme estimates.
His exceptional talent and literary activity, especially “Nerashkharh” (inner world) analytical-philosophical essay and “Nojastan” (cypress-groove) collection of poems, were appreciated by many great literary figures such as Vahan Tekeyan, Arshak Chopanyan and others, but no fewer were his opponents and criticizers.
Even some of his most serious critics used to blame him mainly for keeping away from all-national concerns and for advocating abstract and false values.
Yet, not only does full knowledge of Intra’s multidimensional literary works, published in both Homeland and the Diaspora – scattered through the media of that time – refute this view, but it also helps reveal the ethnic foundations of his creative thinking, a few manifestations of which are highlighted in this article, in addition to “Nerashkharh” (inner world) and, in particular, “Torosen Antsk” (passage of Taurus) diary and “R. H. Perperyan: the literate” in-depth analysis, as well as his views on ethnic language-building issues and other writings.