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Hrachya Sarukhan (Armenia)

Hrachya Sarukhan was born in 1947 in Armenia. In 1963 he started attending the Terlemezyan state school of fine arts. In 1970 he began studying literature at Vanadzor Institute of Pedagogy. He has worked as a teacher, head of the literature and philosophy sections of the Institute of Pedagogy, head of the literature section of H. Abelyan theatre. He has also worked in the press. In 1990 he was elected secretary of the Vanadzor division of the Writers' Union of Armenia. A member of the Writers' Union of the Soviet Union, he spent two years in Moscow following a two-year post-graduate course at the M. Gorky Institute of Literature. He has published the following collections: Finishing lines (1977) for which he received the 'Best First Book of the Year' award. Magical Days (1981), Testimonies (1989) for which he was awarded the Av. Isahakyan prize, Other Times (1997). God's Morning (1999), Plus (2005), Wreathe of Love (2005). He was awarded the Annual Prize of the Writers' Union of Armenia in 1997 and in 1998 he received the Movsess Khorenatsi medal from the President of the Republic of Armenia.