YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The discussion on "The writers’ role in shaping public consciousness" was held late last week at the Union of Writers of Armenia.
"Does society really live a full literary life? If literature is a fruit of public life–does it really present society’s deman’s?" Addressing these questions to the writers–the literary critic Abgar Apinian pointed out that writers should also take part in solving the country’s problem–since it is not only a problem of literary criticism.
Those present addressed the Armenian press and literature during the Soviet years–when each new book or article was a kind of phenomenon and was seriously discussed. It was pointed out that literary criticism of today is on the decline in this aspect. According to Apinian–"a group of persons is shaping the public consciousness." The way to salvation from the impending disaster for the Armenian people is to return to the spiritual values left by Narekatsi and Komitas as well as by such eminent literary figures as Marquez–Kafka–Lorca.
Stating that the Armenian reality is many-sided–the powers that be–businessmen–provincials–the poet Artashes Ghazarian stressed that the public does not any more feel united–and it is unreasonable to affirm that there is public consciousness and ideology. According to Ghazarian–"Narekatsi became an expression of a powerful country; Charents became the brightest flash in the 1930s. But today a powerful tide of discrediting all the values is rising–and there is not a gleam of hope that similar illuminations will appear on the horizon."