Perch Zeytuntsyan is an Armenian playwright and screenwriter who served as Minister of Culture of Armenia from 1990 to 1991. Zeytuntsyan was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II, his family moved to Soviet Armenia during a period of intense economic hardship. Zeytuntsyan attended the Aghayan School in Yerevan and it was during this period that he published his first short story "The Gift" (1953). Several years later, he published his first collection, "His First Companion". The latter work won him critical acclaim, after which he published a series of novels and novellas, including "Sounds of Our Neighborhood" (1959), "After Us" (1963), "For Paris" (1965), "Claude Robert Izerli or a Twentieth-Century Legend"(1975), "Arshak the Second", "The Last Dawn" (1989), and "The Stolen Snow" (1995). Since their publication, many of these works have been translated into Russian, Czech, Bulgarian, Hungarian, and the languages of the Baltic Republics.