How to evaluate modern Armenian literature?

By what principles is modern literature evaluated during competitions and by publications, what is particularly important when accepting a book for publication? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss.

Hayk Nalbandian after the 44-day war

Hayk Nalbandian was wounded on November 8, the last day of the 44-day war. He was a sniper and was wounded by a sniper's bullet. "My life was divided into two parts: before and after the war. After it's more difficult for me, but I have to be stronger and live every day to the fullest," says the 21-year-old young man. We met Hayk in his small workshop.

Within a story: Derenik Demirchyan's "Avelord"

"Avelord" is one of the best stories of Armenian literature. Just a perfect work that embraces all the patterns typical of the genre, while at the same time shocking with its plot and generalizations.  The story is also included in school textbooks and is a topic of discussion. Is the story presented correctly, what ideological messages does it have?  Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan, Arkmenik Nikoghosyan and teacher Arsen Vardanyan discuss.

From fame to oblivion- famous Armenian writers during their lifetime, but forgotten now

There is a well-known story about how someone with the surname Tumanyan kindly urged the very young Hovhannes Tumanyan to change his surname and choose a normal literary name, because there cannot be two Tumanyans in the literary field. However, no one remembers that person anymore, but everyone knows Tumanyan.  Why are writers being forgotten, is this forgetting solely related to literary value, or are there other reasons?
Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss.

Seyran Soghoyan after the 44-day war

Seyran had 3 months left of his military service when the 44-day war began. Seyran became the participant of Jabrayil's hottest battles. The last firefight was not without consequences. We met Seyran at his grandfather's house in Martuni. He cut fish and sang with his grandmother. He is sure that one day he will get up from the wheelchair and walk.

Norayr Avagyan after the 44-day war

Norayr Avagyan volunteered and went to the front during the 44-day war. He received a spinal cord injury in the fighting for the defense of Shushi. Now he is in a wheelchair. He dreams of his own house and workshop.

What to read in difficult times?

Literature also has therapeutic, sobering, spiritual harmony-restoring properties. All this is especially important in moments of individual and public crises. What to read in difficult times? Literary critics Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan discuss. 

Sirak Gevorgyan after the 44-day war

Sirak Gevorgyan is a participant in the 44-day war.  He had served only one month and eight days in one of the military units of Askeran when the alarm sounded. He underwent 7 operations on tissues and joints of the hand. We met Sirak at the Church of the Holy Mother of God church in Yeghegnadzor, he made the decision to wear a scribe shirt before another operation.

Abraham Hakobyan after the 44-day war

Abraham Hakobyan received a shrapnel wound, his face is completely covered with shrapnel, and another operation is needed to remove them.  "I'm tired of surgeries," says Abraham. After a serious injury, the doctors gave no hope of walking, but thanks to willpower, Abraham not only walks today, but also returned to his job as an assistant cameraman. Although the work is physically demanding and difficult for the injured leg, Abraham does not even think about giving up the job. He also started writing stories. It's a good opportunity to unwind and clear your mind.

Tigran Martirosyan after the 44-day war

I was bleeding for two days. The doctor said that if my neck wasn't muscular, the main vein that the scar on my face runs through wouldn't last. God and sport saved me." Tigran started a new life after the war, but had to leave sports. He was injured by an anti-aircraft missile strike in Hadrut. "I had a knife, somehow I found the strength, took it out of my pocket and kept it close to my heart, so that if I suddenly hear the voice of a Turk, I will kill myself. I heard voices: look, someone is moving, it's Tigran from Vanadzor. Ours came."

Mesrop Saribekyan after the 44-day war

Mesrop Saribekyan is a participant of the 44-day war. He came to his homeland from Russia and volunteered. Mesrop's father went missing in the first Artsakh war, the family moved abroad. We spent a day with Mesrop at Zinvor's Tun, where he received rehabilitation treatment after being wounded. Now he earns money with photography.

What is the golden age of Armenian literature?

We know from school textbooks that the golden age of Armenian literature is the 5th century. After the invention of writing, a great translation and literary movement began, as a result of which independent works of Armenian literature were created in parallel with translation works: historiography, philosophy, hymns, conduct-testimonies, commentary, etc. Is this period really the best in terms of significance in the history of Armenian literature and on what principles is it considered such? Hayk Hambardzumyan and Arkmenik Nikoghosyan are debating.