Renowned Author Hayk Khachatrian Dies

YEREVAN–Prominent Armenian novelist and one of the founders of the Armenian Encyclopedia–Hayk Khachatrian–passed away on October 13–after his continuous battles with recurrent illnesses. He was 75 years old.

Hayk Khachatrian was born in 1926 in Askeran region of Nagorno Karabakh. In 1950 he graduated from Yerevan State University’s Philological Department of Armenian Language and Literature.

Khachatrian began his career in education in Armenia–but in 1955 Khachatrian became a journalist–first working as Editor in Chief of the Armenpress news agency–then working as the assistant Editor of Hayreniki Tzayn weekly newspaper.

From 1976 to his death–Khachatrian worked as an assistant editor of the Armenian Encyclopedia and wrote several historical novels including "Tigran Mets"(1967)–"Erebuni"(1968)–"Artavazd"(1975)–"Kertoghahayr"(1985)–and many others. His works were mainly dedicated to the freedom of Armenian people and their struggle to form their identity–trying to link modern Armenia’s to the experiences of their ancestors.

Khachatrian’s works have been translated into Russian–Bulgarian and other languages. Because of his patriotic literary contributions–Hayk Khachatrian was awarded with the Armenian State and Karabakh’s Eghishe awards.

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