Paruir Rafaelovich Sevak

Sevak, Paruir Rafaelovich


(pen name; real surname Kazarian). Born Jan. 26, 1924, in the village of Chanakhchi, now Sovetashen, Ararat Raion; died June 17, 1971; buried in Yerevan. Soviet Armenian poet and literary scholar. Doctor of philological sciences (1967).

Sevak graduated from the department of philology of the University of Yerevan in 1945. In the verse collections The Immortals Command (1948), Road of Love (1954), With You Again (1957), Man in the Palm of the Hand (1963), and Let There Be Light (published 1969), he speaks out as a public-spirited poet, revealing the inner world of his contemporaries. The lyrical narrative poem Never-Silent Bell Tower (1959; State Prize of the Armenian SSR, 1967) deals with the composer Komitas.

Sevak wrote articles about the literature of the past and present, and in 1969 he published a monograph on Saiat-Nova. He translated works by M. Iu. Lermontov, S. A. Esenin, V. V. May-akovsky, and E. Mieželaitis. He was awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor and various medals. He died in an automobile accident.


Erkeri zhoghovatsu, 6 hatorov, vols. 1–5—. Yerevan, 1972–74—.
In Russian translation:
Stikhi. Yerevan, 1956.
Vernost’: Stikhi. Moscow, 1962.


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