Ressurrection with Cane and Shoe: My feverish life across continents

Harut Barsamian


University of La Verne Press


[in English]

Following Father’s arrest and the confiscation of all our property, our family’s financial situation became desperate. The only remaining salable items were our personal clothing, consisting of suits, sweaters, coats, anderwer and shoes, as well as some kitchen items. Every Sunday, two or three of us brothers would take this items to the famous Yerevan sev shooga (black market). Most sellers were repatriates, while the buyers were the local well-to-do, including government officials, uniformed officers and many Russians, both man and woman looking for zagranichni (foreign-made) items. Prices, although set by the sellers, were quite negotiable.