March 30, 2017

Zabel Yesayan (4 February 1878 – 1943) was an Ottoman Armenian novelist, translator, and professor of literature. Zabel Yesayan was born on the night of February 4, 1878 as Zabel Hovhannessian, daughter of Mkrtich Hovhannessian in the Silahdar neighborhood of Scutari, during the height of the Russo-Turkish War. The house she was born into was a reddish, two-story wooden structure. She attended Holy Cross elementary school. In 1895 she moved to Paris, where she studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Inspired by the French Romantic movement and the nineteenth century revival of Armenian Literature in the Western Armenian dialect, she began what would become a prolific writing career. Her first prose poem ("Ode to the Night") appeared in Arshak Chobanian's periodical Tsaghik (Flower) in 1895. After the Young Turk Revolution in 1908, Zabel Yesayan returned to Constantinople. In 1909 she went to Cilicia and published a series of articles in connection with the Adana massacres. The tragic fate of the Armenians in Cilicia is also the subject of her book Among the Ruins (Constantinople 1911), the novella The Curse (1911), and the short stories "Safieh" (1911), and "The New Bride" (1911). Yesayan was the only woman on the list of Armenian intellectuals targeted for arrest and deportation by the Ottoman Young Turk government on April 24, 1915. She was able to evade arrest and flee to Bulgaria and then to the Caucasus, where she worked with refugees documenting their eyewitness accounts of atrocities that had taken place during the Armenian Genocide.

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