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CHRISTOPHER ATAMIAN, Co-editor
BARLOW DER MUGRDECHIAN, Co-editor
LOU ANN MATOSSIAN, Co-editor
VARTAN MATIOSSIAN, Co-translator
MARC A. MAMIGONIAN, NAASR Director of Academic Affairs
Bedros Keljik’s Armenian-American Sketches, originally published in Armenian in 1944 as Amerigahay Badgerner, is the work of a member of the pioneer generation of Armenian immigrants, and is of both literary and historical significance. Now fully translated into English for the first time and recently published as volume 8 in the Armenian Series of The Press at California State University, Fresno, these stories retain their vitality, humor, pathos, and relevance.
Twenty of the short stories were translated by the late Aris Sevag, one by Lou Ann Matossian, and eight pieces originally published in Baikar, were translated by Vartan Matiossian. Volume editors Christopher Atamian, Lou Ann Matossian, and Barlow Der Mugrdechian have also included an enlightening biography of Keljik, “An Armenian Odyssey: From the Euphrates to the Mississippi,” written by his grandchildren, Mark and Thomas Keljik, as well as Bedros Keljik’s own translation of his fellow-Kharpertsi author Roupen Zartarian’s “How Death Came to the Earth.”
With keen observation Keljik provides the reader with an often-humorous insight into that life, with all of its sadness and joy, with the sense of community, and with the hard work and challenges faced by the immigrants. This is a book which appeals to any reader who seeks to understand the immigrant experience in the United States.
Armenian Cultural Organization of MInnesota (ACOM)
Armenian Studies Program, California State University, Fresno
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