February 25, 2019

Presentation of the novel “Pain” dedicated to the Khojaly Genocide takes place

Presentation of the feature-documentary novel “Pain”, dealing with the Khojaly genocide committed by Armenians against Azerbaijanis, jointly written by Arie Gut, a renowned Israeli expert for international relations, and his father, writer Amir Gut, took place at the Baku Book Centre, February 25.


Vice-president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, initiator of the international awareness campaign “Justice for Khojaly” Leyla Aliyeva attended the event.


First, a video film shot in the framework of the campaign “Justice for Khojaly” was shown.


Director of the Centre Gunel Rzayeva, chairperson of the Baku Mountain Jews Religious Community Melih Yevdayev, scientific editor of the novel, doctor of philosophy for political sciences Mahsati Aliyeva, MP, People’s writer Elmira Akhundova, Honoured journalist Gulu Maharramli, live witness of the genocide committed in Khojaly, currently a citizen of Israel Asad Farajov, and co-author of the novel Arie Gut spoke at the event.


The Khojaly genocide – a tragedy of the 20th century – is described in detail in the novel “Pain”. The authors have described, with a heavy heart, the grief and tragedy of the people of Azerbaijan, having unmasked the “long-suffering” people of Armenia, based on the testimonies of residents who managed to escape the mass killing in Khojaly. The love story of Polad and Roya – two young people, belonging to different religions and nationalities, brought up in different environments, who meet in beautiful Baku by a luck of destiny – is pictured in the work. Still a child, Roya becomes a witness of the merciless massacre committed by Armenian killers against the peaceful residents of Khojaly town of Azerbaijan. She has lived all the losses and horrors of the war her people was involved in. Having grown up, Roya decides to help her relatives who survived the massacre find their relatives. She does her utmost to convey the true facts about the Khojaly genocide to the world society.