On the Banks of the Tigris
translated from the original Armenian with an introduction by Garabet K. Moumdjian)
London: Gomidas Institute, 2012,
146 pp., photos and map
ISBN 978-1-909382-03-9, paperback
UK£18.00 / US$22.00
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On the Banks of the Tigris (Dikrisi Apin), originally printed in Armenian in 1967, is made up of a set of short stories from the author's early life, as the family fled its native village in north-western Iran, trekked over 700 miles, and settled, first in Baaquba, and then Nahran Umar (Basra) refugee camps. Despite wartime difficulties, Shahoian's anecdotes are jovial and insightful, painting a picture of Armenian and Assyrian refugees, as they set up tent cities, went to school, looked for jobs, fell in love, and strove for a better future for themselves. On the Banks of the Tigris was originally published in Armenian, and it has now been translated into English, with a new historical introduction and annotations.