Agop Hacikyan's Riveting Second Novel
A New Book by the Celebrated Author of A Summer without Dawn
The Lamppost Diary
Agop J. Hacikyan
“A captivating love letter to a lost city.”
“Serious autobiographical scenes create many key moments in the story…Exceptionally interesting well-developed characters…a haunted older generation…a powerful portrait of a diverse and enjoyable city…a novel of the romance of the heart.” —BBC World Service
For young Tomas, nothing in Istanbul is certain, except for the lamppost that he touches every day for luck on his way to school. World War Two rages, the specter of the Armenian genocide haunts his parents and he is unsure of the affections of his neighbor Anya, the daughter of White Russian émigrés.
Anya and Tomas fall in love. Ten years on, Anya is in the United States studying medicine while Tomas tries to scrape together enough money to join her. He becomes the editor of a new literary magazine, and things seem to be going his way until one of his writers is brutally murdered, apparently because of a story Tomas has published. Can Tomas flee the country and rejoin Anya before getting caught up in the murder investigation?
Agop J. Hacikyan is a Canadian writer of Armenian descent. He is the author of several books on literature and linguistics as well as five novels, including the international bestseller A Summer without Dawn. He lives in Montreal.
Read More >>
Other Useful Links
Share the Armenian Story with America
An Unforgettable Novel
A Summer without Dawn: An Armenian Epic
Agop J. Hacikyan & Jean-Yves Soucy; trans. by Christina Le Vernoy & Joyce Bailey
"Not since Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago and the works of Kundera have I found a novel as moving and significant." —Voir (France)
"A gripping read.... a fascinating and cinematic novel, written from the gut."—The Independent (UK)
"In this sweeping, well-crafted historical, Canadian authors Hacikyan and Soucy recreate the 1915 Armenian genocide through the eyes of a young family...this richly textured work is exciting and horrifying, infused with lust, betrayal, vengeance, and plenty of bloody mayhem.—Publishers Weekly (USA)
"Armenia's Gone With the Wind saga of the 20th century's first ethnic slaughter is a page-turner..." —The Montreal Gazette (Canada)
For almost a century, the Turkish government has denied the truth about the Armenian Genocide and has tried to bury the story of all Armenians with the fallen bodies of our 1.5 million ancestors.
Their story is still alive and we are the living proof. We carry the voice of our forefathers and it is our duty to share Armenia’s story with the world.
A Summer Without Dawn is an internationally best selling novel that tells the Armenian story in a gripping cinematic manner. The story follows a family swept up in one of history's most somber moments. It is a moving portrait of a people's unyielding resolve to survive.
Visit the A Summer Without Dawn Website >>
Other Useful Links
Read the Article in Words Without Borders
View All Reviews & Press
Purchase this Book