The Red Flag at Ararat
with an introduction by Pietro Shakarian
London: Sterndale Classics, 2013,
viii + 134 pp, photos, map,
ISBN 978-1-909382-02-2, paperback
UK£16.00 / US$22.00
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"The Red Flag at Ararat is in a class by itself.”
–Mary K. Matossian, author of The Impact of Soviet Policies in Armenia (1962)
"The author of this book, an Armenian living in this country, who is a student of immigration and social problems and has traveled, lectured and written extensively on those subjects, visits the land of her ancestors, which she has never seen, the land that to all Armenians in exile has always been Yergir Trakhdavair, ‘Paradise Land.’ She sets down in the simplest way, without comment or attempt at "interpretation,” that which she sees, hears, experiences in this small Soviet Republic, one of the smallest among the nine federated independent states that compose the great U.S.S.R., Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The result is a cumulative picture vivid in its presentation of what has actually grown out of the rank and turbid soil of the Russian Revolution.”
–From the original publisher, The Womans Press, 1932
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
INTRODUCTION TO REPUBLICATION BY PIETRO SHAKARIAN (2012) (v)
GLOSSARY OF PLACE NAMES (viii)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (3), FOREWORD (3), PRELUDE (7).
THE RUSSIAN SCENE (9), THE GHOSTS OF THE PAST (10), SIGHT-SEEING AMERICANS (11), TRAVELING A LA RUSSE (12), THE PRIEST AND THE HERO (14), A THOUSAND YEARS AT A GLANCE (14).
ON TO ARMENIA (16), TRAVELING SOFT (16), INTERNATIONALISM IN THE CORRIDOR (17), SIGHT-SEEING AT BAKU (21), TIFLIS TO ERIVAN (22).
AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT ARARAT (28), ERIVAN THE CAPITAL (29), ETCHMIADZIN, THE MONASTERY (34), NEW SEALS ON ANCIENT PARCHMENTS (36).
A MINIATURE SOVIET REPUBLIC (41), RECONSTRUCTION IS MY NAME (41), INDUSTRY AND NATURAL RESOURCES (44) NATIONALISM AND NATIONHOOD (49).
ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE PEOPLE (55), THE CONCERNS OF SOVIET EDUCATION (56), HIGH LEARNING FOR THE MASSES (59), NATIONALIZED MEDICINE (63), SOCIALIZING THE CHILD (63), MORE LIGHT FROM THE PRESS (67).
SOCIALIZED LIVING (71), SOCIAL DUTY (71), THE HOUSE OF IMPROVEMENT (74), A DAY IN COURT (76), LOVE AND MARRIAGE (77), THE MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE BUREAU (80).
HOBNOBBING WITH THE COMMISSARS ( 83), THE SECRETARY OF THE PARTY (86), THE HOUSE OF GREEN TABLES (88), MOTHER ARAX SMILES AT LAST (90), THE WISE LEADER (95), THE VINEYARD OF THE COMMISSARS (101).
VISITING WITH THE PEOPLE (106), ON TOP OF AN OLD TRUNK (106), A FEAST IN THE VINEYARDS (107), A TOUR OF THE VILLAGES (109), LIGHT OF THE MORN (115), MIRACLES OF COMMUNISTIC FAITH (123), NEW VILLAGES WITH ANCIENT NAMES (127), THE NEW SYMBOL OF ARMENIA (130).