Hovhannes K. Yeghoyan
Zaven Piperyan’s creation was a new voice in modern Turkish-Armenian literature. The great writer understood profoundly the meaning of the new era of national literature, and his own accountability before time. For the development and progress of highly valuable literature, Z. Piperyan considered the psychological examination of wide swaths of society as a precondition for social perception, for the universal depth of beauty within the constant influence of the lessons of the national past.
The novel, « Lkrtats » which is one of the best examples of Western Armenian fiction writing, presents Turkish life and post-war misery of the past century. It is a reflection of the new process of Armenian-Turkish relations, in light of the redrawing of tragic historical memory. The Armenian woman, Kyulkun becomes the victim of Ali the butcher’s passions who slaughters her with the call of “old blood” with “equanimity” just as his ancestors and comfortably removes himself toward the city’s Asian section, the hint of which, from a historical perspective, is transparent. The feature of the new era is reflected in the novel; however Z. Piperyan’s literary commitment in TurkishArmenian life is the aspiration to overcome the inculcated fear of national existence and its complexities.