Hrant Matevosyan was born on February 12, 1935 in the village of Ahnidzor, Tumanyan region.

He studied in the village school, then continued his education at the Kirovakan (Vanadzor) Pedagogical Institute.

He studied at the Faculty of History and Linguistics of the Yerevan Pedagogical Institute from 1958 to 1962. In parallel with his studies, he worked as a proofreader in “Soviet Literature” magazine and Literary newspaper.

He took higher screenwriting courses in Moscow from 1965 to 1967.

He entered literature in 1961 with the hint “Ahnidzor” which received a wide response.

Matevosyan’s whole work is about the village and a villager. His heroes are the people who do not leave their world, their village, suffer all their lives because they think that the first duty of a person is to work and improve the world.

He became a member of the USSR Writers’ Union in 1964. He was the president of the Writers’ Union of Armenia from 1996 to 2000.

A number of films («Մենք ենք, մեր սարերը», «Աշնան արև», «Տերը») and performances were made based on his novels. Matosyan was recognized not only in Armenia but also in the former Soviet Union, receiving one of the highest Soviet literary awards, the State Prize.

His works have been translated and published in Russian, English, French, German, Lithuanian, Moldovan, Estonian, Georgian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Ukrainian, Czech, Hungarian, Norwegian, Bulgarian and other languages.

He died on December 19, 2002 in Yerevan. He is buried in the Komitas Pantheon.

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