Armenian Proverbs and Expressions: A Collection from the Early Detroit Armenian Community in Delray and Elsewhere

$39.07
  • Armenian Proverbs and Expressions: A Collection from the Early Detroit Armenian Community in Delray and Elsewhere

Armenian Proverbs and Expressions: A Collection from the Early Detroit Armenian Community in Delray and Elsewhere

$39.07

Type: Hardcover

Author: Susan Kadian Gopigian

Illustrator: Susan Collier Bolt

Publisher : Michigan State University Press

Author Susan Kadian Gopigian began collecting Armenian proverbs many decades ago when she lived in Delray, Michigan. She collected hundreds of proverbs in the Armenian language, then transliterated them using the English alphabet and also translated them into English to make them accessible to all readers, whether they know Armenian or not. The author selected certain proverbs for inclusion because she heard them frequently or because they reflect the former Armenian way of life. That she was able to meet the challenges involved in collecting and editing Armenian proverbs can only be described as a true labor of love.

 

"Susan Gopigian's description of a corner in Southwest Detroit—Delray—between the two world wars is brimming with humor and wisdom. It is a precious record of the early-twentieth-century city and a compassionate account of the challenges that her Armenian community faced in assimilating to a new culture while preserving the traditions and memory of the Old World, one that had recently suffered unspeakable violence and tragedy."
—Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Richmond, Virginia

"Author Susan Gopigian's use of Armenian proverbs and folktales woven throughout her engaging family narrative will inspire readers to delve into their own family histories. Discovering one's unknown traditions, customs, and stories helps to ensure that family histories will be preserved. The Armenian oral tradition has been a meaningful part of my life and has provided me with a personal connection to a grandfather I never knew."
—Nancy Kezlarian Herrick, Educator, K–8 English

"This book tells the stories that must be told—of those who survived and their new life in Delray. It transports us to that place, to that time, and even to the porches where stories were told and perhaps thought to have been left. The memories remain, though, like those of a young girl resting on a porch listening to her first Genocide story. This book affirms that those porches spoke long after the people left."
—Mark Kadian, author of Anahid Played Soorp

About the Author

Susan Kadian Gopigian was born in the southwest section of Detroit in the multiethnic community of Delray. She taught kindergarten in the Detroit Public Schools and has been collecting Armenian proverbs and folklore for the past sixty years.
Susan Collier Bolt was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1955. She has worked professionally in the art world since 1950, including doing illustration for the Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine and Hallmark Cards.
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Type: Hardcover

Author: Susan Kadian Gopigian

Illustrator: Susan Collier Bolt

Publisher : Michigan State University Press

Author Susan Kadian Gopigian began collecting Armenian proverbs many decades ago when she lived in Delray, Michigan. She collected hundreds of proverbs in the Armenian language, then transliterated them using the English alphabet and also translated them into English to make them accessible to all readers, whether they know Armenian or not. The author selected certain proverbs for inclusion because she heard them frequently or because they reflect the former Armenian way of life. That she was able to meet the challenges involved in collecting and editing Armenian proverbs can only be described as a true labor of love.

 

"Susan Gopigian's description of a corner in Southwest Detroit—Delray—between the two world wars is brimming with humor and wisdom. It is a precious record of the early-twentieth-century city and a compassionate account of the challenges that her Armenian community faced in assimilating to a new culture while preserving the traditions and memory of the Old World, one that had recently suffered unspeakable violence and tragedy."
—Elena Calvillo, Associate Professor, Art History, University of Richmond, Virginia

"Author Susan Gopigian's use of Armenian proverbs and folktales woven throughout her engaging family narrative will inspire readers to delve into their own family histories. Discovering one's unknown traditions, customs, and stories helps to ensure that family histories will be preserved. The Armenian oral tradition has been a meaningful part of my life and has provided me with a personal connection to a grandfather I never knew."
—Nancy Kezlarian Herrick, Educator, K–8 English

"This book tells the stories that must be told—of those who survived and their new life in Delray. It transports us to that place, to that time, and even to the porches where stories were told and perhaps thought to have been left. The memories remain, though, like those of a young girl resting on a porch listening to her first Genocide story. This book affirms that those porches spoke long after the people left."
—Mark Kadian, author of Anahid Played Soorp

About the Author

Susan Kadian Gopigian was born in the southwest section of Detroit in the multiethnic community of Delray. She taught kindergarten in the Detroit Public Schools and has been collecting Armenian proverbs and folklore for the past sixty years.
Susan Collier Bolt was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1955. She has worked professionally in the art world since 1950, including doing illustration for the Detroit Free Press Sunday Magazine and Hallmark Cards.