Aris Janigian: Exile, Memory, and Assimilation: The Armenian Experience as the Essential American Experience

Posted on May 04, 2016

Aris Janigian is considered one of the most important Armenian-American novelists working today. His critically acclaimed novel This Angelic Land places ethnic Armenian characters against the backdrop of the American cultural landscape. This Angelic Land, is set during the 1992 Los Angeles riots. In tapping themes of exile, memory, and assimilation, Janigian uses the Armenian experience as a lens through which to explore the central American experience. In that context, critic D. J. Waldie of the Los Angeles Review of Books has called This Angelic Land, “Today’s necessary book.” 2013

Source: the National Association for Armenian Studies and Research (NAASR)