Levon Khechoyan, novelist and short story writer, was born in 1955
in the village of Baralet in the Akhalkalack region of Georgia and
since 1987 has lived in the town of Hrazdan in the Kotayk province
In 1983 he graduated from the Armenian Pedagogical Institute receiving
an M.A. in philology. Although he started writing as a teenager,
his first works were not published until 1988 in local periodicals.
His first collection of short stories, Trees of Incense,
was published in 1991. Many of his short stories have been translated
into Russian and Ukrainian. By 1994 his works periodically appeared
in a Moscow-based literary weekly, “Literaturnaya Gazeta”
and in literary magazines “Druzhba Narodov”, “Grani”
In 1995 he published two historical novels King Arshak and
Eunuch Drastamat, which were soon translated into Russian.
Now Khechoyan's works are being translated into other languages,
In 1999 he received the “Gold Reed” State Literary
Award from the government of Armenia for his short-story “Black
Book, Heavy Bug”. It is about the war in Nagorno-Karabakh.
He is presently creating an anthology of Armenian folk-tales, The
Ghost-Guard of Home.