Famous poet, prose writer, public figure, academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia Avetik Isahakyan was born in 1875 in Alexandropol. He studied at the Gevorgian Seminary of Etchmiadzin, and in 1893 entered the University of Leipzig as a free listener.
Along with his literary activity, he was also engaged in political activity from a young age.
Not believing the promises of the Young Turks about the autonomy of Western Armenia, assuming that the Pan-Turkish threat to Armenia could be prevented by Turkish-sponsored Imperial Germany, Isahakyan left for Berlin to participate in the establishment of the German-Armenian Society with a number of German intellectuals.
The outbreak of the First World War and the Genocide against Armenians confirmed Isahakyan’s gloomy predictions about the Young Turks’ anti-Armenian policy. After the war, Isahakyan reflected on the tragic fate of the Armenian people and their heroic liberation struggle.
Isahakyan’s large-scale novel “Usta Karon”, which, unfortunately, remained unfinished, was to become a unique panorama of Armenian political life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. “Usta Karo will end on the day when the Armenian issue is resolved,” said the Master.
In 1946 he received the USSR State Prize, in 1946-57 he was the president of the Writers’ Union of Armenia. Avetik Isahakyan died on October 17, 1957 in Yerevan.