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Aka Morchiladze

Aka Morchiladze (აკა მორჩილაძე) was born on 10 November, in 1966. He is the most outstanding and widely recognized literary critic and writer in contemporary Georgian literature. Giorgi Akhvlediani chose Aka Morchiladze as his pen name, under which he has authored some of the best-selling prose of post-Soviet Georgian literary fiction. Morchiladze's work shows the reorientation of early 21st-century Georgian literature towards Western influences. Morchiladze lived in London for 10 years, during which time he analyzed and illustrated Georgian phenomena from an outsider’s point of view. Morchiladze has won numerous literary prizes in Georgia, and his works have been published in several countries, including Germany, Italy, Serbia, Mexico, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Egypt, USA, Sweden, Azerbaijan, and Switzerland.


Articles

25/04/2024

IVERIA DAILY

So it happened that Ilia Chavchavadze did not really have a home in Tbilisi until a much older age. He would always rent properties and finally got to purchase something roughly around the beginning of the twentieth century—something only a masterly architect managed to bring up to standard at the time.

25/04/2024

NEW YEAR'S EVE

With the advent of New Year’s Eve, just at the close of day, doors would come ajar all over Tbilisi. Word had it that the good old breeze—that spirit, that pleasant sensation, that brisk, ethereal waft of luck would appear at dusk and glide gently door to door, into each household.

25/04/2024

THE WRITER'S ROOM/ PECULIARITIES OF WRITING HABITS

The Georgian writers of old times had different working conditions. Of course, some of them were very rich, like the General and poet Grigol Orbeliani were very rich, some of them belonged to the middle-class, while others, like Vazha-Pshavela were quite poor and only survived thanks to their peasant work or as one would say in those times, “operated the hoe”, were quite poor.

25/04/2024

MAY 26 IS THE DAY

According to classic writer Alexandre Kazbegi (1848-1893): “Dark and withdrawn winter has long since passed, and taken with it the lead-colored clouds associated with sadness.”

25/04/2024

NIKALA: SILHOUETTE AS FAR AS POSSIBLE

Pirosmani: Here is Georgia’s most famous artist. His biography is vague; the accuracy of the dates is difficult to define. History has preserved just three of his photos, and maybe even a couple of others that are disputed but plausible. However even these three images are subject to controversy.

25/04/2024

PIROSMANI'S ONLY JOB

A year after having begun working for the railroad, he addressed the head of the transportation department with a request to find him a place to live in Elisavetpolis. However, this request was the second in a row after having previously asked the administration to relocate him to Tbilisi where his elderly parents lived, so that he could receive his inheritance.

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