What myths did this recent Artsakh War destroy for you as a writer?
You don’t need to wait for the end of the war to comprehend the cost of defeat. In general, I think that you are defeated the moment a war breaks out, because there is human loss on both sides, and human lives are the most valuable things in the modern world. The victorious ones are the states that don’t wage war, the ones that build two-story cities, malls of culture, or the ones that simply plant trees. We need factories that produce novels or broadened thinking, importers and exporters of intellectual manufacturing, and we have the foundation for this.
What thoughts were born as a result of the Second Artsakh War and the defeat we suffered?
If we manage to look at the difficulties of human life, our own biographies as well as the world around us through the eyes of a novelist, then we will never again have that feeling of defeat.
Can a writer’s words and text play a role in peacebuilding initiatives and succeed? Will these words be understood and accepted?
If there is one thing that art has successfully done from prehistoric times to this day, it is giving value to human life. Literature does this directly, by talking to people in their own language. It is understood by default. From this point of view, the citizen of a culturally developed country has a right to be “cowardly” because culture has raised the value of their life. Each loss is a tragedy for us.