Reading List: Shmavon Azatyan


Shmavon Azatyan, fiction writer

Debut novel Between Revolutions

What would you write in your own obituary?  

I wish I were born and lived in an environment where I could afford to devote all my time to writing, which, though is as unrewarding as teaching, is still the only activity that makes me as human as possible.

What? If not a writer?

Film Producer

Do you read paper or electronic? One book at a time or simultaneously? Morning or night?

I read only paper-based fiction, but electronic poetry. I like reading simultaneously, but not often. I can never read at night.

What books are on your bedside table?

Henry James’ fiction, Ernest Hemingway’s short stories, John Updike’s novels.

What’s the last great book you read?

The Ambassadors by Henry James

Who is your favorite overlooked writer?

Among Armenians, this is Misak Metsarents. In the English literature, it is Jack London.

What’s the best book you’ve ever received as a gift?

It’s strange, but I’ve not been given books as presents, sad to say.

Which childhood books and authors stick with you most?

The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne