P/F BY ARAM PACHYAN

Novel/ Edge 2020/ 148 pages

Aram Pachyan’s novel P/F was published by Edge Publishing house and presented to the public on September 26, 2020. The afterword of the novel is written by Arthur Avanesov, a composer and a pianist. 

Aram Pachyan has dedicated his novel to all his tutors of zen Buddhism. P/F is a fragmental, experimental novel with modulations characteristic of zen Buddhism Koans. Old and new Yerevan, the river Getar, the vanished tram and the “lonely” man, who tries to find himself in the city of his fading memories, they all meet in the novel. All the fragments of the novel are linked with each other, but their order does not matter at all and is just conditional.

The protagonist of the novel with the nickname P/F, who appears in the different parts of the novel, in different situations as Sev, Phil, Aram, finishes his memory book with a monologue dedicated to Getar. Having read the novel at one breath, you appear in need to reread it more slowly. P/F is a new novel and a new approach to finding answers to many questions. 

In her essay dedicated to P/F Marine Karoyan, an artist and a musicologist, writes, “Pachyan fixes the fragments of gradually intensifying past, present and the future creeping out from behind the curtains, with Japanese techniques called Kintsugi. And this time the golden paste is Getar. Pachyan’s post play is a dedication to a river, in which he leaves his memories, love and songs. This is a song about trash, that any Rhine would have been jealous about. Like a cat liking his own wounds, the author, having equalized himself with the Getar, painlessly goes through his existential loneliness. But Aram doesn’t “ask for help” in this loneliness. He doesn’t need it. I don’t worry about him.”

Based on yet random texts from P/F a musical vocal composition for violin and drums “Pachyan Fragments” by a composer Aram Hovhannisyan was performed in Los Angeles’ “Zipper Hall” on 22nd of February, 2015.