Ali Akbar (writer)
|Born||28 January 1978
|Occupation||journalist and writer|
Akbar attended a public school in Baku but after the eighth grade, he continued his secondary education in Turkey. In 1996, he was admitted to Marmara University and graduated with a degree in journalism in 2000. He continued to work in Turkey as the head of the communications department and translator at the Kaknus publishing house. Akbar's works mainly deal with the taboos in Azerbaijani society. He has written four novels to this day and is also the editor-in-chief of the Kultura.az website.
In 2009, Akbar published a book entitled Artush and Zaur, a homosexual love tale between an Armenian and an Azerbaijani who felt apart after Nagorno-Karabakh War. The book became highly controversial and was banned in bookstores in both Armenia and Azerbaijan which for the past two decades have been bitter rivals due to the ongoing ethnic conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh and where homosexuality is still highly stigmatised.
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