Mariam Petrosyan

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Mariam Petrosyan
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Born (1969-08-10) 10 August 1969 (age 46)
Yerevan, USSR
Occupation Novelist, cartoonist
Nationality Armenian
Genre Magic Realism
Literary movement Modernism, Postmodernism
Notable works The House, in Which (2009)
Notable awards Russian Big Book
Spouse Artashes Stamboltsan

Mariam Petrosyan (Armenian: Մարիամ Պետրոսյան, born (1969-08-10)10 August 1969) is an Armenian painter, cartoonist and Russian-language novelist, most known as the author of the award-winning novel The House, in Which... (2009).


Mariam Petrosyan was born in 1969 in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. After finishing an art college she became a cartoonist at the Studio of Armenfilm. Later she moved to Moscow to work at Soyuzmultfilm, but came back to Yerevan in 1995 and returned to Armenfilm. She worked there until 2007.

Mariam is married to Artashes Stamboltsyan. They have two children. She is a great-granddaughter of the painter Martiros Saryan.

The House, In Which...[edit]

Her first novel, The House, In Which... (Russian: «Дом, в котором...»), tells of a boarding school for disabled children and was published in 2009, becoming a bestseller. It was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize in 2010 and received several awards and nominations.

The book was translated into Italian (La casa del tempo sospeso, 2011), Polish (Dom, w którym..., 2013), Hungarian (Abban a házban, 2012) and French (La Maison dans laquelle, 2016). Selling rights for Danish, Latvian, Norwegian, Spanish and English translations were also announced by Petrosyan's literary agency.[1]

Excerpts from the novel are available in English including a sample translation by Andrew Bromfield.[2] It was narrated by Stephen Fry in the film, Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin.[3]

The only other book by the author to the date is a short fairy tale, The Dog Who Could Fly (Russian: «Сказка про собаку, которая умела летать», 2014).


  1. ^ The House That... at Elkost site.
  2. ^ The House That... Sample translations
  3. ^ Russia's Open Book: Writing in the Age of Putin (excerpt).

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