During Five Decades of political activism, Leo Sarkisian (1934-1992) became widely regarded as a leader in the effort to promote and modernize the Armenian Cause. Working on behalf of the Armenian National Committee, Sarkisian was instrumental in politicizing the Armenian Genocide issue and worked in numerous forums - the UN, the US Congress, media, public schools, and grassroots coalitions - to present the story of dispossessed people as an international question of contemporary relevance. At the same time, Sarkisian was a prolific commentator on Armenian affairs, serving as an essayist and columnist for The Armenian Weekly over a span of nearly 40 years. As I See It includes a representative sample of Sarkisian's writings, covering a diverse range of themes - from international politics to Armenian Cuisine, from US popular culture to Armenian Diasporan self-image.
Featuring the acclaimed novella The Old Woman and darkly humorous short prose sequence Events (Sluchai), Today I Wrote Nothing also includes dozens of short prose pieces, plays, and poems long admired in Russia, but never before available in English. A major contribution for American readers and students of Russian literature and an exciting discovery for fans of contemporary writers as eclectic as George Saunders, John Ashbery, and Martin McDonagh, Today I Wrote Nothing is an invaluable collection for readers of innovative writing everywhere.
Daniil Kharms has long been heralded as one of the most iconoclastic writers of the Soviet era, but the full breadth of his achievement is only in recent years, following the opening of Kharms' archives, being recognized internationally. In this brilliant translation by Matvei Yankelevich, English-language readers now have a comprehensive collection of the prose and poetry that secured Kharms s literary reputation a reputation that grew in Russia even as the Soviet establishment worked to suppress it.