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War diary written in Artsakh bunker
becomes a book

Lika Zakaryan publishes  44 DAYS: Diary from an Invisible War in collaboration with Creative Armenia

November 8, 2021  |  by Creative Armenia

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On November 3, Creative Armenia released writer and photographer Lika Zakaryan’s 44 Days: Diary from an Invisible War with a book presentation at Zangak Bookstore, Yerevan. The book is a multi-layered collection of Zakaryan’s war-time diary entries written in a Stepanakert bunker; the photographs she took during that 2020 Artsakh (Karabakh) war; and a variety of images, social media entries, and articles which together recreate the history and feeling of those 44 days. The book is available for sale in Armenian, English, and Russian languages with proceeds to benefit Creative Armenia’s Artists for Artsakh program. You can buy it from the website and in all major bookstores in Yerevan. 

“We are grateful for your support in bringing light to this important book,” said Anush Ter-Khachatryan, who edited the book on behalf of Creative Armenia. “Contained within it is a complex yet definitive account of a war that changed our lives forever.” 

The writer Lika (Anzhelika) Zakaryan was born in 1994 in Stepanakert, the capital of Artsakh. She studied at the Department of Political Science of Artsakh State University and holds a master's degree. She then graduated from the Peace Work Institute, where she studied in-depth conflict management and peace-building methods. In 2018-2019 she worked at the Montesori School in Würzburg, Germany, as a coach on conflicts and peace-building. Returning to Artsakh, she started working for the Armenian media outlet CivilNet, in the team working for Artsakh. That is where these diary entries initially appeared. During the war, she started to keep and post her diary, in which she wrote about the war and the people caught up in it. The diary became widely read and loved by people around the world, and remains a definitive chronicle of those forty-four days.

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