How Did I Survive? by Artavazd M. Minasyan
How Did I Survive? is a book of memoirs of Professor Artavazd M. Minasyan. It is a tale of one man's life and his survival despite all odds. It is a story that inspires life and hope. It is a story in which the good ultimately prevails over the evil. It is also a tale of a country that has lived through decades of controversies, destruction and injustice.The author unveils intricate details of his time describing his fight for survival and what inspired and gave him strength to go on. Professor A.M. Minasyan was an optimist in his tireless and principled struggle for justice in life and in science. Indeed, the book is a story of one's iron will, immense belief in, love for and appreciation of the gift of life, whether in the days of hungry childhood, or enduring through Stalin's purges, or facing the enemy one-on-one during World War II, or struggling in peacetime for the right to voice alternative views in science. Covering the period of approximately eighty years from early 1910s through early 1990s the plot coincides with the author's life journey touching upon every significant event of the time and author's personal involvement in each case. These situations are not told in simple chronological enumeration, but are enriched with complex nuances. They are analyzed through the prism of time and author's adherence to the dialectical critique. Hence one man's life becomes the reflection of the life of the entire country. In this book it happens to be the life of Professor Artavazd M. Minasyan whose dedication to his family, country, and science was far greater than words might describe.
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