BUCHAREST, Romania – The Integral Publishers of Romania announced the release of Astrologul din Karabakh (Astrolog of Karabakh) in partnership with the Armenian Cultural Foundation (Arlington, Massachusetts).
Written in 1834 by Platon P. Zubov (1796-1857), the early 19th century Russian novelist, The Karabakh Astrologer is a fascinating historical novel. Wrapped in a passionate love story, it is based on the evolution of 18th century Karabakh, which at the time was plagued by tumult and transformation. This is the third edition of Zubov’s novel. The first translation into Armenian in 1882 is by the prominent 19th century novelist Raffi (1835-1888). The second English edition was published by the Armenian Cultural Foundation in 2012.
Platon P. Zubov was born into a prominent family in Russia. His literary career, which began in 1834, spans more than two decades and includes 21 major plays. Author of numerous works, including poetry, songs, quatrains, novels, as well as anthologies, his rich literary heritage includes important sources, statistical data, graphs and tables, biographies of famous military generals, geographical descriptions, anthropological sketches and observations. about the way of life and culture of the peoples of the Caucasus.
The Karabakh Astrologer is perhaps one of his best and least known works. The historical novel depicts the historical life experience of a people. “It tells within its limits how a people lived and worked. It highlights its customs, traditions and mores; his intellectual and moral characteristics. In other words, he personifies the man of past times in his original and primordial form, which has evolved over time and has become unrecognizable to the present generation… Ò These words of Raffi most accurately speak of the meaning and of the role of historical facts in nourishing the mind and enriching the imagination of a novelist. The Karabakh Astrologer, although a work of fiction, reflects the realities of a stormy time in the Caucasus, where new values and loyalties replaced old ones and transformed the region forever.
This is the fourth book in the complete Armenian series published by the Complete Editions of Romania in partnership with Antares Editions of Yerevan and it is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Armenia. The series is dedicated to Armenian history, culture and civilization. Five more titles in the series are due out in 2022.
All books published in the Series are translated from Armenian and/or English by Mr. Serge Selian, journalist, writer and former editor of the Armenian newspaper Nor Kyank (New Life) from Bucharest, currently from Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of numerous articles, 12 monographs and translator of more than 30 plays from Armenian into Romanian, among which R‰ul timpului (Time River) by V. Grigorian, Vise de piatrã (Dreams of Stone) by ‘Akram Aylisli, Domnitorul armean Hovhannes (Hovhaness the Armenian Prince)
This project, bringing together people and organizations from Romania, Armenia, the United States and Australia, is a perfect example of a great cultural collaboration, developed around the passion for history, culture and Armenian civilization.
Copies of Astrologul din Karabagh can be obtained through the direct link of INTEGRAL publications: https://eintegral.ro/astrologul-din-karabagh.