Sada Nasir

Mammadova Shams (Məmmədova Şəms) was born in 1967, in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, and took the pen-name of Sada Nasir (Səda Nasir) while writing. It is the abbreviation of the author’s first and last names (Sədaqət Nəsirova).

Between 1974 to1984 the author finished primary, secondary and high school in Baku and graduated from Azerbaijan State Medical University in 1990, becoming a doctor.

Though there is a ceasefire in the the war over Nagorhi-Karabakh, it is still ongoing. The victims of the war are not only the martyrs killed in the front, but also young girls like Khumara who were far from the motherland. The majority of events described by the author reflect the reality of the war. When thinking of a title for this work, the author remembered a witty phrase by Socrates. He said: “By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you will become happy, and if you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher.” That is why the title of this novel is “Either be Happy, or a Philosopher”.

The author’s writings have been translated by Professor Gilinjkhan Bayramov from Azerbaijan language to English.

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