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  • Book, Untitled

Tilted Axis Press

Book, Untitled

by Shushan Avagyan.

Translated by Deanna Cachoian-Schanz.

  • £12.99
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  • Paperback published on 14/12/2023
  • Page count: 188 pages
  • ISBN: 9781911284888
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Quick take

At once electric and ephemeral, A Book, Untitled is a story of re-cognition otherwise—posthumous, imagined, and intricately powerful.


What is history, undocumented? How do we archive censored lives? A poetic reflection on authorship and erasure, A Book, Untitled is an intimate and innovative approach to autofiction and the act of remembering.

In her first novel, Armenian writer Shushan Avagyan tells the story of a fictional encounter between Shushanik Kurghinian and Zabel Yesayan, two early twentieth-century pioneers of feminist literature, whose legacies have been obscured in Armenian history. Their fictive meeting is interspersed with conversations between the author and her friend Lara, who are researching the work of Kurghinian and Yesayan. While sifting through censored documents, unpublished works, and unfinished drafts, they linger in speculation and piece together lives that have been overshadowed by the Tsarist and Stalinist regimes.

About the author

Shushan Avagyan (b. 1976) is a writer, literary translator, scholar, editor and educator. She’s the author of Girk-Anvernagir (Book, Untitled, 2006), Zarubyani Kanayk (Zarubyan’s Women, 2014) and co-author, with the Queering Yerevan collective, of Queered: What’s To Be Done with X-Centric Art (2011), as well as of one children’s book Sabriky gnum e tangaran (Sabrik is going to a museum, 2021).

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