ABSTRACT

A deep sociological or geographical survey is not possible; but an excellent account is given in N. Mikhailov’s Soviet Geography. If a twentieth-century Noah were to land his flying ark on either of the twin summits of Mount Ararat, and looked south-west, he would survey the primitive hopelessness of the Turkish highlands, pastoral nomadic figures with sheep and goats, dirt and squalor, tents and disease; the tattered ends of a way of life scarcely altered since Biblical times, neglected, harsh, and sub-human. The most prominent of the living Armenian playwrights is Deremik Demirchyan, whose most recent play, Native Land , opened the Yerivan twentieth theatre season in 1940. The dangerous plan succeeds. He learns that the Catholics are planning to surrender the town to the Byzantine Emperor, in that curious alloy of religious faith and selfadvancement which has caused so many wars.