By Tom Vartabedian
YEREVAN — One book doesn’t necessarily make an accomplished author but with Knarig Svazlian, it’s a step in the right direction.
The 41-year-old just published a work titled The History of the Armenian Community in America, dating back to 1618 when Armenians first set foot on this land to the period just following the genocide in 1924.
For that, she feels a sense of accomplishment and gratitude after eight years of arduous research. But more than that, she’d like nothing better than to catch up with her mother some day.
That’s a rather tall order. Dr. Verjine Svazlian, a noted folklorist and ethnographer, has authored no fewer than 23 books in various languages. At age 75, she has no intentions of slowing down but rather heightened by the literary and historic word.
Her latest, The Armenian Genocide and The People’s Historical Memory, documents the eyewitness accounts of 700 survivors throughout Armenia and the Diaspora.
Together, they represent the eminent mother-daughter writing duo of Armenia.