Georgia is where you will find some of the most ancient and vibrant literature in the world. Georgian writers have played an essential role in developing a rich culture full of traditions. Some of the modern writers have been translated into English, so we’ve created a list for you to enjoy. It’s time to get cozy with a glass of chacha and learn about the best Georgian authors that can be read in English.
His twenty novels and short stories were published by Sulakauri Publishing House beginning in 1998. His most famous novel, Journey to Karabakh (available in English), was even made into a movie in 2005. The film gained similar popularity among locals as did the book, which resulted in the production of two sequels of the movie. The scripts for the two movies were written by Morchiladze himself. Plays have also been produced based on his work.
Turashvili is a fiction writer whose first novels, published in 1988, were based on the turmoil of the events taking place during the last years of Soviet Union rule in Georgia. His most famous work is Jeans Generation; translated into English, its title is Flight From USSR. In 2001 it was turned into a play.
Kordzaia-Samadashvili is a writer and literary journalist who has written some of the best-selling prose of post-Soviet Georgian literature. She is a winner of several Georgian literary awards, and her works have been translated into many languages, including German, English, and Swedish.
Me, Margarita: Stories is a collection of short stories about men and women in the throws of sex, disappointment, love, hate, cynicism, and hope. What’s unique about these stories is that none of them reveal the time or place that they occur. The narrator, a disillusioned woman, doesn’t mitigate words about her life being imperfect. Despite what might seem discouraging, Kordzaia-Samadashvili presents each story with such humor that readers can’t help but feel that there may be hope for us in the end.
Jemal Karchkhadze was the author of six novels, multiple essays and a few short stories. His works were conceptual and most became popular after his death. Winner of three literary awards, Karchkhadze published his short story Igi (He) in 1977, followed by his most important novels, Caravan in 1984, Zabulon in 1988, and Antonio and David in 1987. The latter was translated into English, Swedish and Arabic.
Set in medieval Georgia, the narrator of Antonio and David is an Italian traveler who, together with other European missionaries, visits the country. The novel is a tense drama where the fight to save a person’s soul plays out against a backdrop ridden with strife, authentic history and ethical discourse.
He became famous for his set of long mysterious novels, such as A Man Was Going Down the Road, Avelum, and Everyone That Findeth Me. Awarded with the Shota Rustaveli State Prize in 1983 and the State Prize of Georgia in 1993, Chiladze was an honored author. He continued to published several anthologies of plays and poems before his death in 2009.
Elder brother of Otar Chiladze, Tamaz is a writer, dramatist, and poet. Born in 1931 in the coastal city of Batumi, he graduated from the Department of Philology at Tbilisi State University. On the same year he graduated, he published his first anthology of poems. The play The Aquarium was staged in the Rustaveli Theatre in 1965, and since then Tamaz Chiladze has been recognized as the author of the collection of Georgian classical dramaturgy.
His novel The Brueghel Moon focuses on moralistic dilemmas that occur as a consequence of too high self-assuredness. The main character is a successful psychotherapist, whose wife has left him. One day she realizes that her matrimony is nothing more than a “reality born out of habit.” For the the psychotherapist, his wife wasn’t his precious love, but just a patient.
A contemporary writer, researcher, and journalist, Karumidze has published articles on social and political issues in various journals, newspapers, and websites. Two of his short stories, Clockwatch Review and Bloomington, IL, were published in the United States. One of this most famous books about the history of jazz (The Life of Jazz) received a literary award.
Karumidze wrote Dagny or a Love Feast in the English language. The novel tells the story of a Norwegian poetess, Dagny Juel, whose wandering life brings her to a foreign country, where she dies as a victim of violent male fantasies. The novel weaves a story around a phantasmagorical blend of eroticism and religious mysticism.