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.'
224 pp / black&white / 2022
32 images and original poetry translations
Size: 145 mm x 210 mm
Distributed by Central Books
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