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The Artist and His Mother is a work of creative nonfiction in the form of a novel whose narrator, a painter and writer, composes not only a portrait of himself and his mother, Zaroohe, but a story of a century from when, as a child of ten, she survived the Armenian Genocide in 1915, to her death in America in 2006. The title is after Arshile Gorky’s famous paintings of himself and his own mother, and here also the composition is inspired by the ghosts of the massacre.
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“I was deeply impressed with the writing and moved by the book. Najarian’s soaring lyricism and detailed, devastating realism fuse to portray a heroine of the ordinary who transcends the ordinary and emerges as a creative matrix for his life as a man and a verbal and visual artist.” Hank Heifetz. “His voice is unique in American letters.” Dickran Kouymjian.About the Author:
On other works by the author: “It lingers in the mind.” William Saroyan, on Voyages, 1971.“Perfect!” On Wash Me On Home, Mama, from American Book Review, 1978.“A magical book.” On Daughters of Memory, New York Times Book Review, 1986.“A remarkable work.” On The Great American Loneliness, from Choice, 2000.
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Book Description Pr at California St, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0912201401
Book Description The Press At University of California, Fresno, 2010. Condition: New. Peter Najarian (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0912201401