Ekrem Eylisli Author Of Scandalous Novel About Armenian Massacre Tit

EKREM EYLISLI AUTHOR OF SCANDALOUS NOVEL ABOUT ARMENIAN MASSACRE TITLED “STONE DREAMS” DECIDED TO LEAVE AZERBAIJAN

17:21 28/02/2013 ” SOCIETY

Scandalously famous Azerbaijani author Ekrem Eylisli, who became
known for his publication of novel titled “Stone Dreams”, expressed
his desire to leave for Turkey for permanent residence.

Ekrem Eylisli told about his desire to Turkish media, as the
Azerbaijani information agency “Haqqin.az” reports. “Many things
happened in Azerbaijan: my works are not printed, my plays are not
performed. My future life here becomes impossible. I made the decision
to leave my fatherland and to live in fraternal Turkey. I think,
I can feel myself comfortable only there. However, for this I will
need the invitation of the Turkish side,” said Azerbaijani writer
who had undergone a persecution.

Ekrem Eylisli is national writer (since 1998) and Honored Artist
of Azerbaijan, holder of the highest order of Azerbaijan “Istiglal”
(2002) and the order of “Shokhrat” for his outstanding merits in the
literature of Azerbaijan. Recently, on the website of Russian magazine
“Friendship of Nations” was published his novel titled “Stone Dreams”
in which the author describes the massacres of Armenians in Baku
in 1990 and in Nakhichevan in 1919. The author in his novel speaks
positively about the Armenian people and their culture. The novel
“Stone Dreams” also contains criticism over the former Azerbaijani
President Heydar Aliyev and the tyranny of the system created by him.

After publication of the novel, Eylisli was exposed to severe pressures
in Azerbaijan; the pro-governmental youth held rally in front of
his house, his issue was discussed in the parliament of Azerbaijan,
MPs suggested to burn his books and to deprive him of citizenship and
deport from Azerbaijan. Many people “blamed” Eylisli in his Armenian
origin, etc. President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev deprived him of
personal pension and the title of National Writer, and accused him of
“purposefully distorting the history of Azerbaijan” and “in distorting
realities about history of Azerbaijan in an inappropriate way.”

The leader of the pro-governmental party “Modern Musavat” Hafis Hajiyev
announced that he would pay about 10 Euros to the one who will cut
the ear of the writer. Only after the intervention of the media,
the politician was “warned” by the Interior Ministry of Azerbaijan
about the illegality of such appeals.

The U.S. Department of State and the OSCE Office in Baku condemned
persecution of Eylisli in Azerbaijan and called on the authorities
to fulfill their obligations.

Source: Panorama.am

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