Shahan Shahnour

Shahan Shahnour (also known as Armen Lubin) was an Armenian-French writer and poet, born on January 3, 1903, in Constantinople, Ottoman Empire, and died on August 20, 1974, in Paris, France. He is best known for his novel 'Retreat Without Song' (1929), which reflects the disillusionment of the Armenian diaspora after the Armenian Genocide. Writing in both Armenian and French, Shahnour's work often explored themes of exile, identity, and the challenges faced by the Armenian community in the diaspora.


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  1. 1. Retreat Without Song

    "Retreat Without Song" is a poignant narrative of the Armenian diaspora, focusing on the life of an immigrant living in Paris during the early 20th century. The protagonist grapples with feelings of alienation, despair, and disillusionment as he navigates his new life in a foreign land while dealing with the haunting memories of his homeland and the Armenian genocide. The novel explores themes of identity, exile, and the psychological impact of displacement, providing a deep insight into the human condition and the struggle for survival.

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