Hakob Melik Hakobian, otherwise known by his pen name Raffi, (1835 - 1888), was an Armenian author, a prominent figure of 19th-century Armenian literature.
The excellent qualities of the novelist lie chiefly in his superior style of writing, which is lucid as the limpid waters of a mountain spring, colored with fascinating metaphors; a style pulsating with life, imagination, poetic rhythm, vividness, and warmth. Raffi was the founder of the Armenian novel, with a perfection of style, with an intriguing structure.
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Raffi's Memorial monument in Tiblisi