MTA Publications


‘Character in Georgia’
by Aka Morchiladze with Peter Nasmyth


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Book price: £8.99

Available from 5th December, 2022

Why is national character so important?
In Georgia the answer may lie in its unique brands of outlawism, 19th century poetry, and rich viniculture. It explains why Joseph Stalin codenamed himself 'Koba' after an outlaw from local literature. How strains of a similar Romantic banditry also created the world's first genuine Social Democratic country - the Georgian Republic of 1918-21. How this stood on the shoulders of a banker, publisher-provocateur, ‘Father of the Nation;’ an austere mountain poet; a mysteriously disappearing translator of Shakespeare; an obsessive Georgian language campaigner and children’s writer. Also how this distinctive character still very much walks the nation's streets today.

Aka Morchiladze is probably Georgia's most popular writer today. Here he works with Peter Nasmyth to create a major update to his acclaimed 'Georgian Notebook.'

ISBN 9780955914539

224 pp / black&white / 2022

32 images and original poetry translations

Size: 145 mm x 210 mm

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Look at me in Ortachala Gardens
Look at me feasting and joking
Look at me toasting
Look at me fighting with my fists
Then you know
Who I really am.

Prince Grigol Orbeliani