Saturday August 8, 2020

Affectionate look at Armenia by a Soviet man of letters

An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman. MacLehose Press, €15.10. Reviewed by Jonathan O'Brien.

27th July, 2013
A statue of Josef Stalin in the Armenian capital of Yerevan in 1951. Photo: Getty

An Armenian Sketchbook


The last time that Armenia got into the news with any regularity was about 25 years ago, when it and Azerbaijan waged a nasty little conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh, an Armenian enclave on Azeri territory. The war is long over, but while Azerbaijan has since elbowed its way into western consciousness with its hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest, its sponsorship of Atlético Madrid and its open-door welcoming of Big Oil, its smaller...

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