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EVIL SPIRIT (Char Voki): A Play
St. Vartan Press

EVIL SPIRIT (Char Voki): A Play

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By Alexandre Shirvanzade, Translated by Nishan Parlakian, Introduction by Edward Allworth

"In Evil Spirit, Shirvanzade reverses the romantic pattern seen in many Middle Eastern tales about legendary lovers to fashion a disturbing variant. The playwright weaves together the ominous force of an Oriental superstition about possession by dark spirits with the omnipresent Middle Eastern story of star-crossed lovers. The effect of this combination of instantly familiar themes played out against a down-to-earth undercurrent of everyday drudgery and drunkenness dominating the lives of several principals, is devastating" from the introduction by Edward Allworth

With a powerful rendition of Evil Spirit from the Armenian original, Professor Nishan Parlakian has added appreciably to the Middle Eastern repertoire for English speaking theater.

St. Vartan Press (1980)