07, 2019

President Armen Sarkissian visited Ahnidzor - the “small Fatherland” of the acclaimed writer Hrant Matevossian: “I leave the Matevossians paternal home inspired and gratified”

During his working visit to Lori marz, President Sarkissian visited Ahnidzor village – the birthplace of the renowned author Hrant Matevossian. Incidentally, Hrant Matevossian’s first published work was titled “Ahnidzor”, while his native village this or that way, through main personages, events, vocabulary, and stories makes the base of Matevossian’s literary creations.

President Sarkissian was hosted at Hrant Matevossian’s paternal house which currently his brother, Hamo Matevossian lives in. Together with the brother of the writer and his son, David Matevossian, he toured the house, sat at the table with the remote participation of the writer and dined with the family of the author. During the conversation, Armen Sarkissian and Matevossians recalled interesting stories from Hrant Matevossian’s life, told remarkable episodes, and recalled his creations. The President noted that it was a great honor to be in this house, where a genius was born, and which inspired the creations of Hrant Matevossian. “Being here, one feels quite natural that the spirit of humanity and understanding was born right here, in this nature, in this freedom, in this serenity, and also turbulence,” he underscored.

The President of Armenia highly valued creations of Hrant Matevossian and said that they are current today too.

David Matevossian, who is the founding Director of the “Hrant Matevossian Fund”, presented the activities of the Fund. Stressing the importance of reevaluating the literary legacy of the writer and noting that 2020 will mark the 85th birth anniversary of Hrant Matevossian, he spoke about the problems of the “Hrant Matevossian” cultural center and museum in Yerevan. David Matevossian said that it is important that Hrant Matevossian’s life, literature, and creations are presented dully to the public and readers.

In the memory of the President’s visit, the brother of Hrant Matevossian presented to Armen Sarkissian a two-volume edition of his books. President Sarkissian said that the book will find its worthy place in his library, along with other books of Hrant Matevossian. Armen Sarkissian said that he was leaving the Matevossians paternal home inspired and gratified and was taking with him good memories and a wonderful piece of the Matevossian world.

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