Razmik Davoyan, was born in 1940 in Mets Parni,
Spitak, Armenia. At the age of nine he moved to Leninakan with his
family where he graduated from high school and from the local Medical
College in 1958. In 1959 he moved to Yerevan to study Philology
and History at the State Pedagogic University and graduated in 1964.
During his student years he worked as proof reader for the “Literary
Weekly” and as a member of the founding editorial board of
“Science and Technology” monthly, editing the Life Sciences
and Medical section. From 1965 to 1970 he was editor of the poetry
and prose section of the “Literary Weekly”. From 1970
to 1975 he worked as senior adviser at the Committee for Cultural
Relations with the Diaspora. From 1975 to 1990 he worked as Secretary
of the Central Committee for Armenia’s State Prizes. In 1989
he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Commission
for the Earthquake Struck Disaster Area. In 1994 he became the first
elected president of the Writers’ Union of Armenia. From 1999
to 2003 he served as Adviser (on cultural and educational issues)
to the President of the Republic of Armenia.
His first poem was published in 1957
in the Leninakan Daily “Worker”. Since then he has published
well over thirty volumes in Armenian, Russian, Czech and English.
His works were widely translated all over the Soviet Union and published
in countless Literary Magazines and Journals. Selections of poems
have also been translated and published in literary periodicals
in Italy, France, Syria, former Yugoslavia, Iran, China and USA.
He has had countless appearances on national TV and Radio, written
countless articles and given countless interviews to newspapers
and magazines including an interview with the French Daily “Figaro”
in 1977 and several interviews with “Literarurnaya Gazeta”,
the most prestigious literary weekly in the former Soviet Union
published in Moscow. His works are read periodically on various
TV and Radio programs both in Armenia and in Russia. In 1990 the
famous Czech publishers “Odeon” published an anthology
of contemporary world literature in which Davoyan is the only writer
included from the entire South Caucasus region alongside writers
such as G. G. Marquez, E. Moravia, J. Updike etc. His Children’s
poetry book “Winter Snowflake, Spring Blossom”, published
in Russian in 1980, sold Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand copies
in only two weeks all over the former Soviet Union.
In 1971 Davoyan received Armenia’s
Youth Organization Central Committee Prize for Literature. In 1986
he received Armenia’s State Prize for Literature. In 1997
he received the Order of St. Mesrop Mashtots, the highest non-military
order of the Republic of Armenia, from the President of Armenia
for his achievements and services to the country.
In 2003 he received the President’s Prize for Literature for
his children’s book “Little Bird at the Exhibition”.
In 2010 he received the first degree Medal “for services to the fatherland” from the President of the Republic of Armenia.
In 2012, he received the CIS “Stars of the commonwealth” international award in Moscow.
Three of his significant books
were blocked from publication by the soviet regime. “Requiem”
was blocked for five years before it was published in Yerevan in
1969. “Massacre of the Crosses” was also blocked and
was first published in Beirut in 1972. “Toros Rosslin”
was also first published in New York in 1984 because of the block
on its publication.
Razmik Davoyan is the most prominent contemporary Armenian poet.
The following is a list of his published books.
My World, 1963, Yerevan.
Through the Shadows, 1967, Yerevan.
Requiem, 1969, Yerevan.
Massacre of the Crosses, 1972, Beirut.
Honeycomb, 1973, Yerevan.
Unwrap Your Skin, 1975, Yerevan.
What Had Happened? (Children’s),
Poems, 1980, Yerevan.
Toros Rosslin (prose), 1984, New York.
Warm Cobbles, 1983, Yerevan.
Poems, 1983, New York.
The Sad Elephant (Children’s).
A Copper Rose, 1985, Yerevan.
Genius and Memory (Prose), 1986, Yerevan.
Poems, 1986, Beirut.
Selected Poems, 1987, Yerevan.
Epic of Youth, 1988, Yerevan.
A Stone Pillow, 1989, Yerevan.
Requiem (Extended Version), 1998, Yerevan.
A Theory of Life Energy (Monograph), 2000,
Bread of Soul, 2000, Yerevan.
Little Bird at the Exhibition (Children’s), 2003.
By God’s Will (Novel), 2005, Yerevan.
William Saroyan, 2009, Yerevan.
A tale with nightmares, 2010, Yerevan.
The word, 2011, Yerevan.
Unwrap Your Skin, 1976, Yerevan.
Heart of a Tree, 1980, Moscow.
Winter Snowflake, Spring Blossom (Children’s), 1980,
Epic of Youth, 1982, Moscow.
A Golden Net, 1987, Moscow.
Endless Mountain, 1988, Moscow.
A Theory of Life Energy, 1998, Yerevan.
Yesli Gospots Pozhelaet, Yerevan.
Mountain of Parchments, 1989, Prague.
Selected Poems, Macmillan UK, Oxford, 2002.
|| Whispers and Breath
of the Meadows, 2010.