Saroyan: His Heart in the Highlands
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Saroyan: His Heart In The Highlands is a collection of mostly never-before-published photos of William Saroyan in his element. This 128-page, 9″ x 13″ black-and-white album is an ideal for your coffee table, available to enjoy both the artistry of the photographer and the personality of the author. The book is divided into eight different sections exploring the Saroyan’s emotions, his interactions with colleagues and ordinary people, his background in culture and agriculture, and his abiding humanitarianism. The author’s nephew, the writer and director Hank Saroyan, has graciously provided a foreword to the album.
John Mello, Museum Curator California State Capitol Museum, had this to write about Boghossian’s art: “The art of portraiture is demanding enough, while the photography of mobile human beings is even more so in order to capture spontaneously their essence and hopefully reveal inner states. Boghossian had grasped the opportunity to accompany the great writer and humanist night and day through a wide spectrum of moods. One can almost hear Saroyan musing, grousing, philosophizing, recollecting and joking with us, making these pictures worth thousands of words. His straightforward, austere voice still speaks calmly to us like a cool breeze through our overstimulated, entertainment-obsessed Information Age.”
This book is dedicated to William Saroyan, the great humanitarian. This dedication extends equally to the friendship of over 150 years between the people of the United States of America and the people of Armenia, which began in the 1850’s when American missionaries started providing humanitarian assistance to the Armenian people in the historic highlands of Western Armenia where Saroyan’s parents were born.
“In the time of your life, live so that in good time there shall be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life your life touches. Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding-place and let it be free and unashamed.
Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world. Be the inferior of no man, nor of any man be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself.”
– The Time of Your Life (1939)