Hrant Matevosyan

Hrant Matevosyan (Armenian: Հրանտ Մաթևոսյան, 12 February 1935 - 19 December 2002) was an Armenian writer and script writer. By the time of his death he was considered Armenia's "most prominent and accomplished contemporary novelist".[1] He has a son named Davit Matevosyan. He also has two nephews and one niece; Vahik Matevosyan, Artak Matevosyan, and Artemis Matevosyan.

Matevosyan on a postal card

BiographyEdit

Hrant Matevosyan was born in the village of Ahnidzor, Armenia's Lori region. He studied in the village school then continued his education in Pedagogical University of Kirovakan (now Vanadzor). In 1952 he moved to Yerevan where he worked in a printing house. From 1958 until 1962, Matevosyan was a proofreader in the Sovetakan Grakanutyun (Soviet Literature) magazine and the Grakan Tert (Literary Newspaper) newspaper.

Matevosyan started his literary career in 1961 with an essay "Ahnidzor". His first story collection Ogostos (August) was published in 1967. He headed the Writers' Union of Armenia from 1995 until 2000. His literary pieces have been translated into around 40 languages, including Russian, English, French, German, Lithuanian, Estonian, and Georgian.

Matevosyan died on 12 December 2002 at age 67. He is buried at Komitas Pantheon which is located in the city center of Yerevan.[2] He had two children, a son and a daughter.

 
Hrant Matevosyan's tomb at Yerevan's Komitas Pantheon

EducationEdit

  • Kirovakan Pedagogical University
  • 1958-1962 — Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute, Department of History and Linguistics
  • 1966-1967 — Moscow Higher Course on Scriptwriting

AwardsEdit

  • 1967 — "Дружба народов" (Friendship of Nations) magazine award
  • 1984 — USSR State Literature Award
  • 1984 — USSR State Literature Award
  • 1996 — Knight of RA Mesrop Mashtots order

WorksEdit

Short stories

  • 1962 — We and Our Mountains (short story)
  • 1974 — Carriage Horses
  • 1982 - Tashkent
  • 1973 — Autumn Sun
  • The Master
  • Along the Edge (incomplete)
  • Buffalo
  • The Country's Nerve

Stories

  • 1967 — August
  • 1967 — Orange Pony
  • 1967 — Mesrop
  • 1968 — Buffalo
  • 1987 - Trees

Articles, essys

  • Metsamor
  • In Front of White Paper
  • It's Me

Film scenarios and plays

  • 1969 — We and Our Mountains (film)
  • 1969 — The Poor's Honour (film)
  • 1975 — This Green, Red World (film)
  • 1977 — Autumn Sun (film)
  • 1977 — August
  • 1979 — Aramayis Yerznkyan (film)
  • 1983 - Neutral Zone (play)
  • 1984 — The Master (film)
  • 1992 — National Army (film)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Danielian, Gayane; Tamrazian, Harry (19 December 2002). "Prominent Armenian Writer Passes Away". RFE/RL.
  2. ^ Matevosyan's memorial tombstone at Komitas Pantheon

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