Fool, The
Events from the Last Russo-Turkish War (1877-78)

Raffi (Author)
(ISBN: 978-1-909382-56-5)
Taderon Press (Publisher) Gomidas Institute (Publisher)
2021 London
238 pages
Size: 6" x 9"
Language(s): English

Additional Artists

Donald Abcarian (Translator)

Set at the time of the Russo-Turkish war of 1877–78, The Fool provides invaluable glimpses into social conditions in western Armenia at the time. It portrays the development of an Armenian civil rights movement in Ottoman Turkey. In the course of a romantic and hopeful novel, Raffi depicts in detail the way of life of Armenian peasants, their psychology, and the conditions under which they survived. He also portrays the central ideas that fuelled Armenian radical intellectuals of the day. The Fool is an account of a heroic struggle to defend the ordinary people from the depredations and avarice of Ottoman authorities, neighboring peoples, and a corrupt Armenian establishment. It is the story of a revolutionary struggle to establish a just and civil society in Armenia. The Fool is arguably the single most important work of literature dealing with the Armenian Question in Ottoman Turkey. Raffi depicts many of the actual figures and settings involved in the events of the time. The classical clarity and drama of its dialogue, the Armenian aphorisms that play such an important role throughout the story, the philosophical depth and moral passion embodied in it all make this novel a remarkable encounter with one of the greatest creative minds in modern Armenian history. Donald Abcarian's new translation includes extensive notes and a glossary.

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