YEREVAN — On October 29, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan granted the William Saroyan Medal of the RA Ministry of Diaspora to author of the book Komitas: The Artist and the Martyr, London-based journalist and novelist Serge Momjian. The book was recently republished by Janus Publishing House of Cambridge and is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
It took the author nearly five years to write the book. Momjian conducted an in-depth study on the life and career of Komitas, his epistolary, the books devoted to him and created a unique story through dialogues. The novel devoted to Komitas is the author’s fifth book that has been covered in extensive articles and interviews printed in several English-language and French-language magazines and newspapers.
“The life and career of Komitas are the prism through which the genius of creating and the great tragedy of the Armenian people are reflected. Momjian’s book, which was published by the prestigious Janus Publishing House of Cambridge, will provide many English-language readers with the opportunity to learn about the Armenian Genocide and the sufferings that the great artist underwent,” Hakobyan said.
Momjian expressed hisgratitude for the award and said the following: “It is a great honor for me to receive the William Saroyan Medal. It will make me work harder. Currently, my only dream is to have my book translated into Armenian for Armenian readers.”