In the tracks of Armenian identity
Travel notes after the journey to Turkey also in Russian
The reading public has a good news: the book-launch of the Russian version of Gevorg Madoyan’s “Turkey of Our Days” took place yesterday at the Charents Museum of Literature and Arts of Armenia. It presents the author’s memoirs about his journey to Turkey in 1968.
Speaking about the above mentioned journey Karo Vardanyan, the director of the museum, said: “I do not say Eastern Armenia because in those days only the first steps of so-called tourism were being made in Turkey and they did not know what to conceal and what to show there. It means that the above mentioned tourist route included only big cities: Istanbul, Izmir and others. And you can imagine that if Gevorg Madoyan, a leading academic and Armenian, appeared in that group by a happy accidence, then it is natural that together with all tourist goals he would seek for Armenian traces and to see what is left of once prosperous Armenian cultural centers”.
Sarkis Hatspanian, publicist and public activist, touched upon the patriarch of the family – Seylan. “He is the praiseworthy follower of Sargis Haykuni. If we want to have the whole picture of Armenia in the second half of the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries, then we should have Sargis Haykuni or Seylan to help us,” he said and at the same time mentioned with a heavy heart that till now we did not know much about Seylan’s activity.