LOS ANGELES–Mark Arax, author and longtime writer for the Los Angeles Times, will speak at the presentation of The Fatal Night, an eyewitness account of the arrest and extermination of hundreds of Armenian intellectuals and civic leaders in Istanbul, Turkey, starting on April 24, 1915. The book was recently translated to English and published by Hagop and Knar Manjikian.
The presentation of The Fatal Night is Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3 to 5 at Avedissian Hall, 5300 White Oak Avenue, Encino. The book will be presented by youth leader Aram Kaloustian, and there will be a musical performance by Raffi and Haybert Sarian.
Arax describes the book as “a powerful remembrance.” Originally written in Armenian by renowned journalist, educator and community leader Mikayel Shamtanchian (1874-1926), one of the imprisoned Armenia’s who succeeded in escaping from an Anatolian death camp, The Fatal Night offers a psychological portrait of innocent men who were rounded up and tortured before being massacred.
The English version of The Fatal Night includes a page in memorium for Hrant Dink, the Armenian journalist and human rights advocate who was slain by a Turk in Istanbul earlier this year, “the first known Armenian victim in the 21st century of Turkey’s ongoing genocidal project.”
The Fatal Night is the second Armenian memoir to be translated to English and published by Hagop and Knar Manjikian. The first book, Passage through Hell, was published in 2005.
Copies of The Fatal Night will be available for sale at the presentation for $12. To order the book, e-mail [email protected].