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William Saroyan’s Grave

When American-Armenian author William Saroyan died in Fresno, California, he had an unusual request. He wanted his body cremated, with half of his ashes buried in Fresno’s Ararat Armenian Cemetery and the other half in his homeland of Armenia.

You can, therefore, find Saroyan’s grave at the Komitas Pantheon of Yerevan, among the greats of the Armenian art world. Although the writer lived his life during the Cold War, with Armenia behind the iron curtain, he visited the country and maintained friendships with some of Soviet Armenia’s artists.


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