Shahan Shahnour

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Shahan Shahnour
(Armen Lubin)
Շահան Շահնուր
Born Shahnour Kerestejian
(1903-08-03)3 August 1903
Constantinople, Ottoman Turkey
Died 20 August 1974(1974-08-20) (aged 71)
Saint-Raphaël, France
Occupation French Armenian writer and poet

Shahnour Kerestejian better known as Shahan Shahnour (in Armenian Շահան Շահնուր, French transliteration Chahan Chahnour) also known in his French language writings as Armen Lubin (in Armenian Արմեն Լյուբեն Western Armenian Արմէն Լիւպեն) (August 3, 1903, Istanbul – August 20, 1974, Saint-Raphaël) was a French-Armenian writer and poet. He is considered as a renowned Diasporan author in the Western Armenian tradition with his own style of writing.


Shahan Shahnour was born Shahnour Kerestejian, on August 3, 1903, in a suburb of Istanbul, Turkey. He graduated from Berberian High School in 1921, and started contributing to "Vosdan" paper, mostly with translations. In 1923 he moved to Paris, where he worked as a photographer, and in 1929 he published his first novel written in Armenian, Retreat Without Song, which had appeared periodically in Harach newspaper of Paris. In 1933, he published his second book, also written in Armenian, The Betrayal of Blood-Suckers, which is a collection of short stories. In 1937 he fell victim to a terrible bone disease (Osteolysis) which disabled him and caused him much pain and suffering for the rest of his life, which was spent in hospitals after he lost his home in 1939. In 1945, having partially recovered from his illness, he started writing in French under the name Armen Lubin, and from then on he was acclaimed highly as a French writer and poet and received several literary awards. He published in French The Furtive Passer-by, Sacred Patience, The Nightly Transport, The High Cage, and Fire With Fire. In 1962 a collection of his Armenian works were printed in Yerevan by Haybedhrad Press. In 1967 he published Two Red Notebooks in Armenian, and in 1971 The Open Register also in Armenian. Shahnour died on August 20, 1974, in the hospital of Saint-Raphaël, in Southern France.


Lubin, Armen. Le passager clandestin [The Furtive Passer-by] (Paris: Gallimard, 1946). Sainte patience; poemes [Sacred Patience: Poems] (Paris: Gallimard, 1951). Transfert nocturne [The Nightly Transfer] (Paris: Gallimard, 1955). Les hautes terrasses; poemes [The High Cage: Poems] (Paris: Gallimard, 1957). Feux contre feux [Fire against Fire] (Paris: B. Grasset, 1968). Les logis provisoires (Mortemart: Rougerie, 1983). L'etranger [The Foreigner] (Troyes: Cahiers Bleus, 1984).

Shahnour, Shahan. Azatn Komitas (1970). Bats tomare (1971). Erker [Works], ed. Abraham Alikian (Erevan: "Sovetakan Grogh" Hratarakchutyun, 1982-). Haraleznerun davachanutiune (Paris: Tpagrutiun Ter-Hakobean, 1933). Nahanje arhants ergi: patkerazard patmutiun Hayots [Retreat without Song: Armenian History Illustrated] (Paris: Tparan Masis, 1929). Retreat without Song, trans. Mischa Kudian (London: Mashtots Press, 1982). Taterakan patkerner (Beirut: Shirak, 1986). Tertis kiraknoreay tiue (Beirut: Hratarakutiun Grigor Keoseeani, 1958). The Tailor's Visitors, trans. Mischa Kudian (London: Mashtots Press, 1984).


  • Brenner, J. Mon Histoire de la littérature française contemporaine. Paris, 1988.

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