3 August 1903
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
|Died||20 August 1974
|Occupation||French Armenian writer and poet|
Shahan Shahnour (August 3, 1903, Istanbul – August 20, 1974, Saint-Raphaël), in Armenian Շահան Շահնուր, French transliteration Chahan Chahnour), who signed his French language writings as Armen Lubin (in Armenian Արմեն Լյուբեն Western Armenian Արմէն Լիւպէն) 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 in a suburb of Istanbul, Ottoman Empire. 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, after a serialized publication in the Harach newspaper of Paris (it is translated into several languages). In 1933 he published his second book, also written in Armenian, The Betrayal of the Gods, 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, mostly 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 highly acclaimed as a French poet and received several literary awards. He published in French several collections of poetry: The Furtive Passer-by, Sacred Patience, The Nightly Transport, The High Cage, and Fire With Fire. In 1962 a collection of his Armenian works was printed in Yerevan by the Armenian State Press. Several collections of his Armenian essays were published from 1958 to 1973, including Two Red Notebooks (1967) and The Open Register (1971). Shahnour died on August 20, 1974, in the hospital of Saint-Raphaël, in Southern France.
- Նահանջը առանց երգի [Retreat without Song] (Paris: Masis, 1929).
- Յարալէզներուն դաւաճանութիւնը [The Betrayal of the Gods](Paris: Der-Hagopian, 1933).
- Թերթիս կիրակնօրեայ թիւը [The Sunday Issue of Our Paper] (Beirut: Krikor Keusseyan, 1958).
- Զոյգ մը կարմիր տետրակներ [A Pair of Red Notebooks] (Beirut, 1967)
- Ազատն Կոմիտաս [Gomidas the Freeman] (Paris: Haratch, 1970)
- Բաց տոմարը [The Open Register] (Paris: Haratch, 1971)
- Կրակը կողքիս [The Fire in My Flank] (Paris: Haratch, 1973)
- Երկեր [Works], 2 vols. (Yerevan: Sovetakan Grogh, 1982-1983).
- Թատերական պատկերներ [Theatrical Scenes] (Beirut: Shirak, 1986).
- Retreat without Song, trans. Mischa Kudian (London: Mashtots Press, 1982).
- The Tailor's Visitors, trans. Mischa Kudian (London: Mashtots Press, 1984).
- 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).
- Brenner, J. Mon Histoire de la littérature française contemporaine. Paris, 1988.
- Kerr, G., ‘‘Travail d’abolition’: Illness and Statelessness in Armen Lubin’, Irish Journal of French Studies, 14 (2014), 39-53.