Aram G. Alexanyan
Soviet literary criticism assessed the historical context and cultural calling of Gabriel Sundukyan as an expression of opposition to market capitalism. This understanding of research during the Soviet era came to rest on extremes and a failure to understand, because it was dictated by the Marxist theory of class struggle.
To explain the historical and cultural context of Sundukyan’s creations with Marxist postulations is not scientific and disregards the principles of historiography. In reality, Sundukyan’s creations are penetrated by a dramatism typical of a transitional era. Values characteristic to the new capital made by traders and money-lenders are in contraposition to Christian morality, the understanding communal justice and to the necessity of the restoration of man’s essence. Thus, Sundukyan’s creation in its historical-cultural calling is multi-layered and extremely original.