The entire oeuvre of Hagop Oshagan, one of the giants of Western Armenian Literature, is now online and easily accessible to all, free of charge. The digitized materials can be found on the website of the Digital Library of Classical Armenian Literature (Digilib) of the American University of Armenia. The project was supported by the Armenian Communities Department of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
Thanks to this initiative, some 30 books from the author, including all the volumes of the Panorama of Western Armenian Literature, The Humble Ones, Remnants, and many more difficult to find texts have been fully digitized and are available in a searchable format.
Below is an excerpt from Oshagan’s “Under the Beak of the Vulture” in order to familiarize you with his literature.
The writings on the later pages of Hagop Oshakan’s theoretical literature, entitled “Under the Beak of the Vulture”, were edited exactly 35 years ago, on the occasion of the author’s 100th birthday, and were called part of the “100th Anniversary Edition” series. They were not lucky enough to be published, for the following reason: –
A wealthy, high-class clerk living in a commercial city in Europe and a person who made government donations to national institutions, knowing that the talented Y. Issues published in Oshakan’s press under the cover of volumes, without invitation, expressed their willingness to financially support the implementation of this program. And because he had given the facts of a literary understanding and a developed taste several times, it was decided to reserve to his hypocrisy the unusual work “Under the Eagle’s Beak”, but without knocking on the door of the printing house, he reached the brink of death.
In these circumstances, we did not resort to the hypocrisy of anyone else for this cause.
After a long time, after closing the letter addressed to us, we made a written request to the relatives, asking them to do the will of their loved one, who had already received the will, but our request remained unanswered. A second letter was written with the same content, a third, moreover, we presented the same request directly through religious and worldly acquaintances, but we met with the same stony silence.
Among the works edited and published in the “100th Anniversary” was this one, “Under the Vulture”, and Oshakan fans were often interested in his fortune and hoped that one day they would read the book, but our waiting resources were already exhausted and we sometimes became friends. We started talking about it together, and here, as you can see, Oshakan immediately smiled. Two brothers from faraway Sydney, realizing the importance of the work, willingly undertook to cover the printing costs of the volume.
With this joy, we are also filled with two sorrows today, firstly, the surprise of a person who loves Oshakan literature, which will also deepen his death, and secondly, the many readers who have passed away in the past 35 years, who would like to read this weighty work, but without intellectuals They closed their eyes to that pleasure.
Let’s turn and read Oshakan’s typical affirmation once again on the occasion of the two brothers, “Those who publish a book support the pillars of our souls” …
Here’s a link to the entire collection in the achieve of American University of Armenia.