Bloodied, But Unbowed: A Memoir of the Ashur & Arshaluys Yousuf Family

Bloodied, But Unbowed: A Memoir of the Ashur & Arshaluys Yousuf Family


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789198410198
Publisher: Nineveh Press
Publication date: 11/22/2018
Pages: 426
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Author Alice Nazarian was the fifth child of Ashur and Arshaluys Yousuf. In addition to this memoir, she wrote numerous articles, poems, and lectures. She was well-known in Aleppo, Syria, as an educator and director of plays. Having lived most of her life in Aleppo, she immigrated to the United States in 1967. She died in Los Angeles in 1976.

Ishkhan Jinbashian is a literary translator. His works include translations of novels, poetry, and memoirs by Hagop Oshagan, Shahan Shahnur, Zareh Vorbuni, Yeghishe Charents, Mikayel Shamtanchian, Armen Anush, and Aram Sahakian. Jinbashian lives in Los Angeles.

Editor Arda Darakjian Clark is the granddaughter of author Alice Nazarian. She has worked as a technical writer and editor and has written two educational books for young students.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the English Translation i

Foreword to the English Translation  v

Author’s Preface vii

Foreword iv

PART I —The Journey of Arshaluys Yousuf 1

Arshaluys Yousuf: Biographical Notes 3

The Ruined Hut 7

The Chill of Death 2

From Terror to Life 5

A Brute’s Disappointment 8

A Lion on the Run 3

An Unexpected Blow 6

The Labyrinth of Hope 0

Coincidence 4

Courage Prevails 8

A Horrific Sight 2

A Great Disappointment 9

One More Tree Was Felled 4

Toward Hope 6

A Brush with Death 8

Farewell, Kharpert 1

A Ghostly Encounter 5

Fortune Smiles 8

A Foamy Wave 0

A Splinter of Pain 2

A Page from My Teenage Woes 5

A Business Initiative 01

A Snake in the Grass 04

A New Life in Homs 18

A Fateful Acquaintance 20

A Broken Promise 47

My Mother’s Commandments 52

Nurturing Hope and Optimism 58

Hut or Mansion? 60

My Brother’s Marriage 63

A Daughter Inherits Her Mother’s Fate 66

Maro, Beloved Daughter and Sister 71

A Dreadful Dream 74

Omens 77

The Warning 80

The Vanishing of Happiness 82

The Irreparable Loss 91

Return of the Lioness 94

To the Iron Curtain 96

A Poignant Scene 99

Separation 00

Their Destinies Converged 02

Last Hopes Smothered 06

Of Resilience and Verve 08

A Son’s Tale 14

Part II—A Tribute to My Father, Ashur Yousuf 21

Editor’s Introduction 23

Author’s Introduction 25

A Brief History of My Father’s Family 27

Biography of Abraham Yousuf 55

Mourning a Great Loss 57

Ashur Yousuf—Obituary, Tributes, and Odes 60

Obituary 61

Ashur S. Yousuf 62

Ashur Effendi S. Yousuf 66

The Assyrian Tiger 69

The Greatest Loss 72

It is Well To Mourn for a Good and Patriotic Man 75

He Died, But His Memory Lives On 79

The Immortal Assyrian “Actor” 81

The Ignoble Night 84

In Memoriam: Ashur S. Yousuf 89

Prof. Ashur Yousuf of Harpoot 92

Ode—Untitled 93

An Ode to My Teacher, Ashur Yousuf 94

Ashur Yousuf 95

Ode—Untitled 96

Ode to Ashur Effendi S. Yousuf 97

Ashur Yousuf’s Poetry—Written in Armenian 98

Ashur Yousuf’s Poetry—Written in Turkish 06

Ashur Yousuf’s Prose Writings 12

What Is Behind the Cultural Stagnation of the Assyrians? 13

Some Means for the Eradication of Alcoholism 18

Make the Home Attractive 24

Murshid Athuriyon 28

Letters from Arshaluys Yousuf 30

Letter One—To the Assyrian Five Association 31

Letter Two—To an Unidentified Friend 34

A Dream of a Long Journey 36


Descendants of Ashur and Arshaluys Yousuf 55

Endnotes 99

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