displaced
Photographs: Ara Oshagan
Text: Krikor Beledian
English Translation: Taline Voskeritchian & Christopher Millis 
Published by Kehrer Verlag, Germany

Europe: Fall, 2021
USA: Spring 2022

Hardcover 19 x 25 cm
160 pages
58 duotone illustrations
Armenian, English
ISBN 978-3-96900-014-42021Design: Kehrer Design (Lisa Drechsel)

Photographer Ara Oshagan and author Krikor Beledian grew up in Beirut's Armenian communities formed by refugees and survivors of genocide. They came of age in families and neighborhoods fraught with the collective memory of extreme violence and dispossession. Both left Beirut decades ago and now return to immerse themselves in its fractured urbanscape: Oshagan with dark and lyrical photographs and Beledian with a poetic semi-autobiographical essay drawn from his youth. Set in Beirut's dense Armenian neighborhoods of Bourj Hammoud, displaced brings these two symbiotic and deeply personal works together: a unique collaboration interrogating diasporic memory, multi-generational displacement, and the ambiguities of narrative.

Krikor Beledian is widely regarded as the most important poet writing in Western Armenian. A prolific novelist, essayist, and literary critic, he is the author of more than 30 volumes that have been published in the Middle East, Europe, Armenia, and the United States. displaced is the first major work by Beledian to appear in English.

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