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'Jalaleddin' was the first of the Armenian writer Raffi's famous works of historical fiction and a milestone in modern Armenian literature.'The Heritage of Armenian Literature', vol. 3, Agop J. Hacikyan, ed., Wayne State University Press, 2005, p. 87Louise Nalbandian, 'The Armenian Revolutionary Movement', University of California Press, 1963, p. 64 The novella was first published in serialized form across eight issues of 'Mshak', a Tiflis-based Armenian newspaper, in 1878 (exactly one year after the events depicted). Its title is based on the name of Sheikh Jalaleddin,Kevork B. Bardakjian, 'A Reference Guide to Modern Armenian Literature', Wayne State University Press, 2000, p. 145 a Kurdish chief who led his forces on a violent campaign against Armenian and Assyrian villages in the eastern part of Van province at the beginning of the last Russo-Turkish War (187778). While the story is fictional, Raffi based the historical details on eyewitness accounts. Much of the key historical information provided by Raffi corresponds with British correspondents who were in the Eastern Ottoman Empire at the time.[https://www.sophenearmeniaca.com/2019/01/06/jalaleddin-and-the-russo-turkish-war-of-1877-1878/ Jalaleddin and the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878]
The events of the story take place in the eastern part of the Van Vilayet, in the historical canton of Aghbak near the Ottoman frontier with Persia. The novella tells the story of Sarhat, a young Armenian man who lives the life of a bandit and seeks to rescue his beloved, Asli, from marauding Kurds under the leadership of the eponymous Sheikh Jalaleddin.
French translationThe first translation of Jalaleddin was completed in French by A. Tchobanian (published as Djelaleddin), appearing between 1896 and 1897 in'Revue des revues'across five issues.
Russian translationA Russian translation by N. Bogaturova was published in 1911.
K. Andreassian (1906).
Donald Abcarian (2006).[http://www.gomidas.org/books/show/79 Published by Taderon Press]
Beyon Miloyan and Kimberley McFarlane (2019).[https://www.sophenearmeniaca.com/books/jalaleddin/ Sophene Armeniaca]
Category:Novels set in Armenia
Category:Novels by Raffi
Category:Russo-Turkish War (18771878)
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