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Armenia-Azerbaijan: Artush and Zaur

Categories: Central Asia & Caucasus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Arts & Culture, Ethnicity & Race, LGBTQ+, Literature, War & Conflict

After the publication of a controversial new novel [1] in Azerbaijan, Blogian posts an interview with its author [2] while Unzipped: Gay Armenia says that a book discussion will be held in Baku on 11 March [3]. Artush and Zaur, the story of the homosexual love affair between an Armenian and Azerbaijani in the context of the Nagorno Karabakh war by Alekper Aliyev, has already sparked much controversy with Unzipped: Gay Armenia reporting that some homophobic news outlets are responding to its publication by saying there are no gays in Armenia [4]. The same site also notes that Aliyev has now started his own blog [5].