- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Two Harbors Pr (Oct. 1 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935097512
- ISBN-13: 978-1935097518
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,713,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Journey to Virginland: Epistle 1 Hardcover – Oct 1 2010
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About the Author
Armen Melikian is above all else a humanist, one of those rare thinkers whose intensity of passion matches their sharp wit and intellect. His poignant observations take to task the core tenets of metaideologies and jockeying civilizations, helping to discard layer after layer of entrenched misinformation and dogma.Melikian brings a fresh, prodigiously layered voice to contemporary literature, not only expanding the boundaries of the novelistic endeavor as an artistic medium per se, but infusing it with extraordinary urgency and relevance in terms of sociopolitical, cultural, religious, and philosophical thought as well as mythological exegesis.Melikian earned a Masters in International Relations from American University. However, he eventually eschewed a political career in favor of literature and has dedicated his life to writing since the late 1990s. Melikian lives with his wife in Los Angeles.
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"They love the dead, hate the living. They kill to love--a nation of unfulfilled necrophiliacs."
This is from a description of Paradise, but it could very well be anywhere today. I think what's most fascinating and enduring about the novel's cosmology (And what a cosmology it is! Equal parts Animal Farm and Finnegan's Wake!) is not what separates East and West but what they have in common. A life in Satanland may not carry the threat of constant insurrection, but you will die a little bit each day.
Orwell wrote Animal Farm at a time when Stalin was at the height of his popularity in the West. Nobody knew about the Gulag and he was largely considered, next to England and France, one of our chief allies. Fortunately, Orwell blew the top off that one. It's difficult for people to see the truth, but sometimes a work of literature holds up a mirror and forces us to look. I believe Journey to Virginland is one of those works.
Actually, we tend to exaggerate what we liked but one could not find any ways to exaggerate this epic manuscript about this great and miserable world.
Nevertheless, this book is SOMETHING!
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Bravo Armen Melikian.