Krikor Balakian (1876-1934) was one of the leading
Armenian intellectuals of his generation. One of the 250 cultural
leaders arrested by Turkish officials in 1915, he survived four
years in the killing fields of the Armenian genocide, chronicled in
his memoir Armenian Golgotha. A member of the Armenian
delegation to the 1919 Paris Peace Conference, he later served as
pastor of the Armenian Church in Manchester and bishop of the
Armenian Church of south France.
Peter Balakian is the Donald M. and Constance H. Rebar Professor of the Humanities in the department of English at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He is the author of many books, including The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America's Response, winner of the Raphael Lemkin Prize; Black Dog of Fate, winner of the PEN/Albrand Award for Memoir; and Ozone Journal, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
Aram Arkun is the executive director of the Tekeyan Cultural Association and an assistant editor at the Armenian Mirror-Spectator.
"Krikor Balakian's rhapsodic narrative is a scholarly, flowery mix of architectural history and a travelogue of his much-anticipated pilgrimage. He writes lovingly about church ornamentation and holy day services held among the architectural ruins; he also thunders against bloodthirsty marauders and unworthy, greedy priests in Armenia's past. The text is accompanied by numerous richly toned photographs of Ani's dramatic ruins, which are critical evidence of lost history."--Foreword Reviews