February 19 is declared as the Book Donation Day in Armenia to commemorate the great writer, poet and public figure Hovhannes Tumanyan. To make the day more interesting students organized a number of events, dedicated to this glorious date. They first met with writer, literary critic, journalist Hovik Charkhchyan, then with the photographer, writer Edgar Harutyunyan.
The meeting was organized and coordinated by the Commission for Cultural Affairs of YSU Student Council.
Hovik Charkhchyan is the author of several studies about the works of Sevak. The day helped to introduce young people to some literary issues. Over the years, the literary characters become perceptible: “The writer is not appreciated by the critic; writer’s image is being accepted and shaped by people.”
Hovik Charkhchyan considers the books and literature as a tool given to man, and the positive or negative perceptions are just an individual choice. Vulgar expressions are rejected in the art because the ugliness is rejected in the world of art and beauty.
With some disappointment the writer noted that the relevance of the literature is shaped by the booksellers in our reality.
Focusing on interesting examples from everyday routine up to literary episodes he tried to make more accessible the importance and ideas of literature for students.
The next guest of students was the author of the books “The Art of Making Gifts or Ode to the Rose” and “Unfound Daisies” Edgar Harutyunyan. Initially he refused to speak about his book and anything personal with the hope to emphasize more important issues.
Edgar Harutyunyan does not consider himself a writer: “The writer is judged by the reader,” - he says and adds with regret that nowadays people write personal stories and do not have the time or inclination to imagine.
During the meeting, a competition was held, and the winner received the book “Unfound Daisies” with the author’s inscription.
After the meetings, our students participated in another event on the discussion of the work by Herman Hesse “Inside and outside”. In this case, students were trying to understand the connection between the writer’s life and his thoughts.