|By Helene Pilibosian (h0010b589a9aa.ne.client2.attbi.com - 220.127.116.11) on Saturday, June 05, 2004 - 6:34 pm: Edit Post|
THEY CALLED ME MUSTAFA: MEMOIR OF AN IMMIGRANT by Khachadoor (Archie) Pilibosian, edited and coathored by Helene Pilibosian, is the true story of Khachadoor, a boy caught in the Armenian Genocide, kidnapped by a Kurd and years later escapes slavery to emigrate to America. Detailed are his birthplace of Ichmeh in Turkish Armenia and Armenian immigrant life in Watertown, Mass., including his employment at the first Star Market store in Watertown Square and his own store, Huron Spa in Cambridge. His acquaintance with artist Arshile Gorky and Yenovk Der Hagopian, singer of Armenian troubadour songs, is recorded. Added for a second edition, Part II includes English translations of his poems and stories presented for their authenticity of fact and emotion. They were translated by Hagop Sarkissian with Helene Pilibosian, who also wrote Notes on Part II, analyzing the reasons for writing about genocide. With nostalgic photographs. ISBN 1-929966-04-0, 187 pages, paper, $16 (add $2 shipping).
This book has been licensed for the award-winning academic database North American Immigrant Diaries, Letters and Oral Histories published by Alexander Street Press.
MASSACHUSETTS STATE REPRESENTATIVE Warren Tolman read the Author's Preface at the April 24, 1992, Commemoration at the State House in Boston. He added, "It is a very, very powerful book."
NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FORMER SENIOR LECTURER Charles T. Ajamian wrote in The Armenian Mirror-Spectator, "It is a compelling story. It affords new and corroborating insights into the Genocide.'
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW: "Highly recommended."
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