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Petrosyan, Mariam

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1969-    ) Armenian cartoonist, painter and author whose first novel, Dom, v kotorom ... (2009; trans Yuri Machkasov as The Gray House 2017), is an exercise in intensely Political Fantastika. The eponymous house – a Keep-like Zone containing portals to other Dimensions – can be understood to satirize (see Satire) the pecksniff bureaucratic lunacies at the heart of any modern hierarchical label-obsessed state [for Estates Satire see The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. But the exuberance of the tale seems to celebrate human diversity in this highly recognizable stupidest of worlds; in this context, the constant hints of available Alternate Worlds, variously reached, is refreshingly defiant. [JC]

Mariam Petrosyan

born Yerevan, USSR [now Armenia]: 10 August 1969


  • Dom, v kotorom ... (Moscow: Gaiatri/Livebook, 2009) [binding unknown/]
    • The Gray House (Seattle, Washington: AmazonCrossing, 2017) [trans by Yuri Machkasov of the above: pb/David Drummond]


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