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PROGRAM

Frankfurter Buchmesse 10-14 October


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Introduction

Pavilion Map

Georgian Pavilion

Fair Ground & National Stand

Frankfurt City

Authors Index


Guest of Honour Project Director

Mikheil Batiashvili

Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia

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Frankfurter Buchmesse represents an event of such amplitude, that emotions gained here last for the whole year. 2017-2018 have been replete with symbolic and significant milestones. 200 years ago first German settlements appeared in Georgia, 25 years ago Germany and Georgia re-established diplomatic relations and it is the 100th anniversary since the Republic of Germany recognized the independence of Georgia’s first republic, sharing our nations strive for freedom. Since then, Germany’s strong political, socioeconomic and cultural support towards Georgia has been truly invaluable. Even today, there is virtually no cultural activity in which Georgia and Germany do not cooperate. Undoubtedly, this vibrant relationship could not exist without active people to people relationships. Besides having friendly relations, it is of paramount importance for our nations to raise awareness towards each other’s cultures, lifestyle and values. Visa liberalization made this process irreversible. The event, which highlights this process is Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, where Georgia appears as the Guest of Honour. Needless to say, Frankfurt Book Fair 2018 naturally becomes the best platform not only for our authors to interact, but for the whole country to present itself through literature and culture. Europe will rediscover a modern, vibrant country with rich history and culture. A country that shares fundamental European values and aspirations. Having said what a great opportunity FBF is, we do realize the responsibility we carry, therefore I would like to express our immense gratitude towards Frankfurt Book Fair and its team for the trust they put in us. I am delighted to know that German publishing houses are increasingly interested in Georgian authors. Their works are translated into German language and put on stage at the most prestigious venues. Georgia will have an opportunity to showcase its culture and values in Germany throughout the whole year. We strongly believe that these activities will support Georgia’s further integration into Europe thus raising awareness of the Georgian culture.


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Introduction

Georgia’s participation at the Frankfurt Book Fair as a guest of honour has proved to be precisely such a project for the Georgian National Book Centre. It is a major challenge, which motivated each of us to do what we love to do with force and energy increased tenfold. Why? Because we thought that, together with Georgian writers, we could tell the story of our country better and more precisely and the rest of the world could hear our voice better from here. And this is what we really need today... We have a lot to say and share. The linguistic barrier has already been hurdled and Georgian literature is starting a genuine journey in various countries of the world and first and foremost in Germany. Georgian literature that is created in a unique alphabet managed to find readers in more than 30 countries in just four or five years and this process is irreversible. We are thankful for this to all of our partner foreign publishers. It was major experience for us to work with them. Georgia is a small country that has been open to the greater world for centuries. That is why Georgia is like Georgia … with multi-colour culture and interesting history and rich in interesting features of both European and oriental traditions... It is daring, boisterous, merry, and, at the same time, a little melancholic... The slogan “Georgia Made by Characters” represents the intense feeling that we want to bring to Frankfurt...Our character is the main factor determining our identity, which is Georgia’s most powerful force in becoming established in the independent and free world. The path our country follows every day to retain this independence is very complicated. On the other hand, its being complicated makes us even more responsible for maintaining our country and its culture and identity, making our character even firmer and principled. I would like to thank all our German and international partners for their support and contribution as we have had a major achievement together with them.

Medea Metreveli

great opportunities for your country and its future, you feel particularly responsible.

Director of the Georgian National Book Center

Working for a long time together with your team on a project that, as you believe, opens


Guest of Honour Pavilion FORUM 1 MAIN STAGE Georgian Characters

Hub of Emotions

Cafe Supra

Hub of Reflections

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Pavilion Map


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Follow Letters Pavillion Map

SMALL STAGE Georgian Characters

Hub of Symbols Books on Georgia


Georgia Made By Characters MADE BY

2018 Frankfurter Buchmesse Guest of Honour Pavilion Concept George Bokhua Studio and Multiverse Architects

Do you want to feel Georgia? Come with us - it’s going to be a long journey. We will open 33 doors, will need 33 keys, pass 33 mountains and 33 valleys, sail the sea with 33 ships, conquer 33 castles, flee 33 labyrinths, sing 33 songs, bake 33 breads, on the 33rd day put down the roots of vines, and at the end of the route write a book with 33 letters, a book of a story how 33 characters lead us to reveal Georgia. Adornments, pictograms, letterforms and ancient Khevsurian ornaments – what you see now are the soul of Georgia. In this wide horizon you will feel the zeitgeist of our country. This is our literature, music, architecture and history, our past and present told in curious and mysterious symbols. Symbols that you meet anew after each step and tell you different stories:

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printing stations will print a set of Georgian letters on

GEORGIAN CHARACTERS will host the main cultural

the postcards of your liking. Feel Georgian symbols and

and literature events. Georgian writers and artists

letters on your skin. From 13:00 to 14:00 our illustrators

who represent quite different generations and literary

will help you assemble the Georgian letters and create

voices are going to open up with the audience about

words in the pop-up book format. You will also have a

issues that are most crucial for our country. The slogan

chance to draw the beautiful shapes of the Georgian

“Georgia Made by Characters” embodies the intense

letters by using seals. How does Georgian language sound? Most letters are

You can always visit CAFÉ SUPRA if you’re up for a

impossible to pronounce, some are hard on your years,

quick snack. Here you will get to discover tastes of

some are soft like a lullaby. In HUB OF EMOTIONS you

Georgian cuisine and Georgian wine.

can feel the language in a harmonious ambient tune

BOOKS ON GEORGIA - Here, in this space one can best smell book spirit. The spirit, blown with wind, or even a storm. Here, in the center of a storm, you will understand the spirit of Georgian culture – sometimes calm, sometimes passionate, but yet always inspirational. The stories about love, war, adventure, friendship, thousand poems will blow your heart away. Here you’ll be able to sit, rest and submerge. Georgian mood will also be visually displayed on the big screens, where you can gaze at the stunning views of Georgian nature, depictions of Georgian letters, old Georgian film and theatre posters, XIX century photographs of Georgia and works by a modernist artist Petre Otskheli.

and also view the people how they feel in the set of video installations. Hub of Emotions is an interactive audio-visual experience which merges contemporary experimental music and elements of Georgian Folk. The pattern of music is procedural, and it is created by the motion of the people on the spot. Every sound you hear in the installation is resampled, synthesized and morphed from spoken Georgian alphabet. On the other hand visuals in the Hub convey every basic human emotion and compliment the audio part. Through the big screens you will see the slow motion videos of contemporary Georgian writers – experts in human emotion. The gestures they make with their faces can be perceived as a portrayal of the emotional state of

Ingenuously designed in likeness of old Georgian

our whole nation. The audio-visual atmosphere created

hall, HUB OF REFLECTIONS will exhibit photos of the

in this Hub will present a truly unique experience for

Georgian capital Tbilisi by Magnum Photos. Magnum

all visitors.

photographers will provide their interpretation of modern rural culture as well as views of old city. The exhibition features the long-lasting relationship between Magnum photographers and the country of Georgia in general and its capital Tbilisi in particular. The exhibition covers a period of over 70 years, starting with photographs by Robert Capa who, together with John Steinbeck, visited Tbilisi in 1947, the same year Magnum Photos was founded. The exhibition ends with the latest work by Martin Parr.

And by the end of the journey dive into the letterforms. For the particularly curious ones, we have gathered all the major forces that shape Georgia and turned them into a visual adventure. From history to politics, from myth to reality Georgia’s leading writers and artists have handpicked 33 outstanding stories to let you have a glimpse at our collective subconscious. 33 LARGE SCALE SCULPTURES – Follow Letters that will tell yet more stories about what Georgia is, because “Georgia is a small country, but you need to

HUB OF SYMBOLS will host the events related to digital

take a deep breath if you’re going to understand it,

typesetting and typeface design. Here Monotype will

because Georgia progresses not step by step, but in

help you to get most intimate with Georgian alphabet.

leaps and bounds” (Aka Morchiladze)

You can touch the type and see how it is produced. The

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feeling that we want to bring to Frankfurt...

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THE MAIN STAGE and THE SMALL STAGE -


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FOLLOW LITERARY SERIES IN PAVILION FORUM 1

EARLY BIRDS 10-14 October 10:00-10:30

We shall begin each day by discussing emerging authors in Georgian Literature, whose recent debuts have been rather impressive, attracting great public attention. We are going to discuss the debut novels by three writers. These texts earned them the nominations and awards of the most prestigious Georgian literary contests.

BITTERE BONBONS 10-14 October 10:30-11:00

This series presents Georgian women authors, who write about acute social issues. These authors employ various genres to fully express themselves: poetry, literary miniature, novellas, novels. The authors write on a wide variety of problems. Such differentiation, however, is quite arbitrary, as those plot lines always convey a broad perspective of problems.

GEORGIAN CHARACTERS 10-14 October 11:00-11:30

Classic Georgian writer Konstantine Gamsakhurdia (1893-1975) has the entire Georgian Alphabet characterized. He found similarities between particular letters and objects like jars, kvevris, swords, vine, antlers of deer and Caucasian goats, plough hobs, horseshoes, etc. Famous representatives of Georgian literature will perhaps remember the descriptions by Konstantine Gamsakhurdia when they discuss the alphabet in this series. More importantly still, they will try to show their personal attitude towards the native alphabet. Thus the Georgian alphabet that is one of the oldest in the world will be one of the heroes of this series, as well the particular authors, who are all characterized with different qualities and unique manner of writing or narration.

TAMING OF LITERATURE 10-14 October 11:30-12:00

The title of the series is borrowed from the book of the same name by Akaki Bakradze (1928-1999), a famous Georgian literary critic and public figure. This book describes the influence of the Soviet censorship on Georgian literature. This cycle will discuss the Soviet literary environment in Georgia; writers, who did not conform to this situation, and whose works were banned or unavailable at various times, including those who gave up the efforts of printing or publishing their writings.


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100 YEARS This year Georgia celebrates a special anniversary: a hundred years ago, in 1918, Georgia declared itself an independent republic for the first time in its history. The independence was short-lived, lasting only three years before the Russian occupation and the establishment of the Soviet regime; after the collapse of the Soviet Union, in 1991, Georgia regained its independence. In this Series, Georgian writers will discuss the most significant, the most

EX-LIBRIS 10-14 October 12:30-13:00

Ex-libris is pasted on a book to indicate the ownership and to prevent others from claiming the book as their own. It can be argued the authors that we are going to present in this series have already pasted their unique ex-libris on their books. Their texts and works display so much individuality of style and author’s perspective that it is genuinely impossible not to recognize or confuse them with others. Books by these authors have always attracted great attention of readers, becoming bestsellers.

VOICES: POETRY 10-14 October 13:00-13:30

The image that Georgian literature has today is largely conditioned and shaped by poetry. Poets, at various times, through their innovative expressions, language breakthroughs, and experiments initiated those processes that later marked the coming of each new stage in the history of Georgian Literature. Thus, each day, this large stage shall host two of those poets who have made major contributions to Georgian literature at various times.

THINKING GEORGIA 10-14 October 13:30-14:00

There is a stereotype of Georgia being a country of emotions. This is mostly true, but not completely true. This series is devoted to Georgian philosophers and scientists, those, who make research, analyze, and give rise to new discourses and paradigms.

VISUAL GEORGIA 10-13 October 14:00-14:30

Georgian visual art at the beginning of the 20th century was rich in experiments and searches for style. We selected several key figures for this series: Most famous Primitivist artist Nikoloz Pirosmani, stage designer Petre Otskheli, who was executed during the repressions at the age of 30, Ilia Zdanevich, a Futurist artist of Polish origin, who discovered and popularized Pirosmani together with his brother Kirill Zdanevich. The former emigrated to France and ooperated with various Avant-garde circles under the pseudonym of Iliazd.

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dramatic and tragic events of this hundred-year period.

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BRIDGES 10-13 October 14:30-15:00

In this series, contemporary Georgian writers will tell the audience about the classic authors of the 19th and the 20th centuries and present the books of their authors. They will try to illustrate what influence the works and ideas of these past authors had on the development of Georgian literature and on the formation of Georgian consciousness in general.

CINEMA CHARACTERS 10-13 October 15:00-15:30

The Georgian film industry was one of the most distinguished in the Soviet period. Despite ideological limitations, it always managed to remain free, ironic, and, at the same time, problem-oriented unlike cinemas of other Soviet republics. Much of the above-mentioned qualities resulted from the great contribution by those Georgian writers, whose works movies were based on; sometimes, authors would compose screenplays specifically for individual films.

GET TOGETHER 10-14 October 15:30-16:00

This series of events presents interesting Georgian-German literature projects. All projects were planned and carried out in the frames of Georgia’s Guest of Honour status at the Frankfurter Buchmesse.

PLAYING WITH SOUNDS 10-13 October 16:15-16:45

Each day at this fair, you will hear Georgian speech quite frequently on various scenes, read out either in prose or poetic forms; you will remember its sound and intonation; yet, perhaps, this series will best illustrate the phonetic peculiarities and musicality of the Georgian language as a number of ‘multi-cultural’ authors who work in sound poetry and compose joint works with musicians will perform for you.

HAPPY HOURS 10-13 October 17:00

After attending several literary speeches and presentations, and listening to Georgian poets, writers and literary critics from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m., you may feel tired and dizzy with the impressions of the day. Georgian artists (singers, dancers, performers, DJ-s) will try to improve your mood by performing on the stage … rock music, electric music, classical music, Georgian Ballet… Impressions that you form about Georgia by listening to Georgian writers will be directed into another course, and, as a result, become even deeper, vigorous, and tangible. Organizers: Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, Georgia National Music Center, Georgian National Book Center, Embassy of Georgia in Germany.


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SMALL STAGE Georgia Made by Characters

10-14 October 12:00-12:30

Scenes for these events and ceremonies will be hosted by various stages of Frankfurt, while various Georgian prizes and awards, accumulated in this city, are waiting for their future owners.

12-14 October 12:30-13:00/ 13:30-14:00

These series, including Voice: Georgia will be presented on the main stage as one whole performance. The best Georgian poets of different generations will be performing in front of you.

TRANSLATOR SPEAKS 10-14 October 13:00 – 13:30

In the series, you will hear translators speak. The journey of literature from one language to another would have been impossible without them. As they say a good translator is a co-author of a literary work. Visitors will have opportunity to listen to those who translate from Georgian to German.

WHO WRITES, WHO PUBLISHES 10-13 October 14:00-14:30

Poets, and their Georgian and foreign publishers will present several poetry collections and foreign editions and discuss: experience of their collaboration; past and present of their partnership; popularity of contemporary Georgian poetry in Georgia and abroad.

HISTORY IN RETROSPECT 10-13 October 14:30-15:00

Within the series, Georgian and foreign publishers, and organizations shall present their non-fiction projects. The latter shall reinterpret and summarize certain events from the history of Georgia based on historical facts, photos, oral stories, architectural monuments, or other artifacts.

ART AND LITERATURE 10-13 October 15:00-15:30

In this series, we are going to present those books that unite texts, photographs, and illustrations, i.e. art-books or graphical novels inspired by particular literary texts, and created with the collaboration of visual artists and writers.

DISCOVER GEORGIA 10-14 October 15:30-16:00

The series presents those books and projects that were composed at various times and for various purposes by Georgian and foreign authors. All of them, however, are united with the single theme – Georgia.

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LYRIC GEORGIA I & II

Georgian Pavilion

AWARD CEREMONIES & COMPETITIONS


Georgian AUTHORS at the Frankfurter Buchmesse

IRMA SHIOLASHVILI

ZURA ABASHIDZE

ABO BEKA IASCHAGHASCHWILI ADAMASCHWILI

AKA MORCHILADZE

SALOME BENIDZE

LEWAN BERDSENISCHWILI

ZAZA BIBILASHVILI

ANDRO BUACHIDZE

RESO GABRIADSE

DAVIT GABUNIA

REWAS NAIRA GATSCHETSCHILADSE GELASCHWILI

BASA JANIKASHVILI

KATO JAVAKHISHVILI

ZURA JISHKARIANI

NIKA JORJANELI

ARCHIL KIKODZE

ANNA KORDSAIASAMADASCHWILI

ZAZA KOSHKADZE

NESTAN NENE KVINIKADZE

TAMTA MELASHVILI

MICHO MOSSULISCHWILI

TATIA NADAREISCHWILI

GAGA NAKHUTSRISHVILI

ALEKO SHUGLADZE

LIA STURUA

TAMAR TANDASCHWILI

NINO TARCHNISCHWILI


GIVI ALKHAZISHVILI

RATI AMAGLOBELI

DIANA ANFIMIADI

LUKA BAKANIDZE

SHALVA BAKURADZE

DATO BARBAKADSE

LASHA BUGADZE

ZAZA BURCHULADZE

BELA CHEKURISHVILI

BESO CHWEDELIDZE

NANA GURAM DOTSCHANASCHWILI EKVTIMISHVILI

REZO GETIASHVILI

ELA GOCHIASHVILI

IUNONA GURULI

NINO HARATISCHWILI

SHOTA IATASHVILI

RUSKA JORJOLIANI

ZURAB KARUMIDZE

GIORGI KEKELIDZE

LALI EKA KETSBA-KHUNDADZE KEVANISHVILI

BESIK KHARANAULI

SURAB LESCHAWA

LIA LIKOKELI

GIORGI LOBZHANIDZE

GIORGI MAISURADZE

BONDO MATSABERIDZE

GURAM MATSKHONASHVILI

GURAM ODISCHARIA

TAMRI FKHAKADZE

ZVIAD RATIANI

ZURAB RTVELIASHVILI

LELA SAMNIASHVILI

PAATA SHAMUGIA

KHATUNA TAVDGIRIDZE

IRMA TAVELIDZE

EKATERINE TOGONIDZE

TEA TOPURIA

GELA TSCHKWANAWA

DATO TURASCHWILI

KOTE JANDIERI


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PAVILION PROGRAM 10:00-10:30

October

10:30-11:00

FALLING APART by Davit Gabunia

Ekaterine Togonidze & Nestan (Nene) Kvinikadze

from series Early Birds

from series Bittere Bonbons

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Davit Gabunia is one of the most interesting playwrights

Ekaterine Togonidze has her own niche in Georgian

of the new generation of Georgian authors, and his

literature: hitherto, the themes she elaborates have

debut as a novelist proved to be successful. Falling

been virtually entirely ignored by Georgian literature.

Apart is a family drama, on the one hand, and a detective

Her short stories and novels are dedicated to the

– on the other. The two plotlines are intervened as

persons with disabilities and themes of violence.

the male member of the family, and one of the main

Nestan Kvinikadze is a dramaturgist, playwriter and

characters of the novel, begins a voyeuristic observation

mediawriter. She has been interested in women’s

of a homosexual couple, who live in the neighbouring

issues for years. She dealt with the topic of “emigrated

building. The book was listed among the Georgian

Georgian women”.

bestsellers of 2017. Moderator: Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili

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Moderator: Barbara Weidle


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from series Georgian Characters

11.30-12:00

WHEN ONE WRITES IN GERMAN IN SOVIET GEORGIA Givi Margvelashvili from series Taming of Literature

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Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili stands out with her inci-

Givi Margvelashvili, now 90, is a German language

sive and picturesque depiction of literary settings and

writer who has had a hard life. He was born and lived

characters. She has an exceptional talent to sculpture

in Berlin. His father chaired the Georgian political

the psychological portraits, or personal problems of

émigré organization. In 1946, Givi and his father were

her characters, or give a vivid account of their rela-

arrested and held as captives in the Sovietized con-

tionships within only several phrases; her narrative

centration camp of Sachsenhausen. His father was

displays the unusual sense of rhythm, accelerated

shot soon afterwards, while Givi Margvelashvili was

writing, and extraordinary ability of literary montage

brought back to Georgia and allowed to live in Tbilisi

and fragmentation. She has a great army of eccentric

with his relatives. He graduated from the faculty of

and dramatic characters scattered within several of

philosophy and, later, worked at the institute of phi-

her novels and stories. Her texts frequently cause

losophy for years. He wrote novels, stories and plays

neurotic laughter, as neurosis, in general, is one of the

in German, however, none of his works were actually

major characteristics of her texts. Even those things

printed during the Soviet age. Their publication began

or activities that should be a source of pleasure to her

after the collapse of the Soviet Union in Germany, and

characters result into utter disillusionment or trouble

the writer went to live there in the 1990-s. In 2006, he

in the end. Thus, to prevent “ordinary minds” from

was awarded Goethe Medal. Presently, Givi Mar-

being crushed and destroyed by great passions,

gwelashvili lives in Tbilisi. His life and career will be

Kordzaia-Samadashvili ridicules these passions and

discussed by his wife Naira Gelashvili, herself a famous

troubles, and, in general, she is the author that laughs

writer, and German philologist, who translated and

at life itself.

published her husband’s works.

Moderator: Barbara Lehnerer

Speaker: Naira Gelashvili Moderator: Jörg Sundermeier

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Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili

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LITERATURE AND SOVEREIGNTY IN GEORGIA from series 100 Years MAIN STAGE The Georgian Democratic Republic (1918-1921)

of Giwi Margwelaschwilis philosophical and linguistic

was short-lived, but fulfilled the centennial dream of

works. Among Gelashvili’s works published in Ger-

restoring Georgia’s political and cultural sovereignty.

many are the documentary Georgien - Ein Paradies

Correspondingly, it was a major traumatic experience

in Trümmern (Aufbau-Verlag, 1993), the anthology

to see Bolshevik Soviet Russia conquer this republic

Georgische Erzählungen des 20. Jahrhundert with a

by military force. This trauma was literally digested

detailed critical review (Suhrkamp Verlag, 2000), the

during the short 20th century and was a great issue

novel Ich bin sie (Verbrecher Verlag, 2017) and the

in Georgian novels starting with those by Mikheil

novella Ich fahre nach Madrid (Verbrecher Verlag, 2018).

Javakhishvili and Konstantine Gamsakhurdia and ending with Otar Chiladze and Aka Morchiladze. The topic of political and cultural sovereignty in Georgian literature will be discussed during the conversation. Speakers: Lasha Bakradze, Zaal Andronikashvili

Participants: Naira Gelashvili, Jörg Sundemeier, Maja Avramovska (Regional Director Caucasus and Turkey, DVV International) Organizers: Goethe-Institut Georgia and DVV International Regional Office Caucasus and Turkey Moderator: Barbara von Münchhausen, Director/

GIWI MARGWELASCHWILI CULTURAL AWARD from series Award Ceremonies & Competitions SMALL STAGE Award ceremony for Georgian writer and translator, Ms. Naira Gelashvili Giwi Margwelaschwili created a unique and unconventional philosophical-literary work. The award of the German-Georgian Cultural Prize to him in 2013 and the subsequent naming of this award after Margwelashvili honours the unwavering productive power of German-Georgian cultural relations through all totalitarianism and excesses of violence of the last century, using the example of an exemplary life and work. The name Naira Gelaschwili is associated with brilliant translations of Friedrich Hölderlin’s poetry, of Novalis’ and Rainer Maria Rilke’s prose and poetry and many others. She translated the works of Giwi Margwelaschwilis into Georgian, she was his biographer, reviewer and editor. She also organized the publication October 10

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12:30-13:00 Georgian Pavilion

Guram Dochanashvili’s THE FIRST ROBE from series Ex-Libris MAIN STAGE Guram Dochanashvili’s name reminds the Georgian

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reader of his acclaimed novel,The First Garment, which has already become a major classic of Georgian literature. The style of this monumental novel betrays certain resemblance with Latin American magic realism. Interestingly, Mario Vargas Llosa also discusses similar issues in his novel La guerra del fin del mundo, however, the latter was written in 1981, 6 years after the publication of Dochanashvili’s work. Thus, it can be argued that Dochanashvili’s interests and his literary quest developed in an independent, and yet, somewhat parallel manner to the above-mentioned genre. His novel, The Last Garment, is an original piece of a very significant literary movement of that period. Guram Dochanashvili has published several dozens of volumes of his novels and collected stories, and remains one of the most read and loved authors in Georgia. Speakers: Susanne Kihm, Nika Lomtadse Moderator: Alexander Kartosia

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Besik Kharanauli Diana Anphimiadi from series Voices: Poetry MAIN STAGE Besik Kharanauli’s, untraditional but, on the other hand,

cial cultural exchange leave? And who do the cultural

ironic and modernist works characterized by Pshavian

messages reach? Prof. Manana Tandaschwili, Goethe

dialect and folk verse were considered as a novelty in

University Frankfurt and Dr. Michael Hohmann, head

the poetic scene of 20th century. Besik Kharanauli is

of the Frankfurt novel factory, talk about this.

portrayed as an innovator by nature, brisk, wise, and eternally youthful, who managed to survive the Soviet pressure and contribute to post soviet Georgian Era, his works do not lose its importance and actuality even nowadays. In addition to being a poet, Diana Anphimiadi is also a professional linguist. Thus, the language itself is one of the main “lyric personae” in her poetry. Anphimiadi’s poetic universe is filled with unexpected and surprising elements of versification. Emotions hide beyond details, and details of details in her poetry, however, it is through the reading and understanding /decoding of these details that the reader perceives these hidden/secret emotions. Moderator: Dirk Hülstrunk

10 YEARS OF CULTURAL MESSAGES FROM GEORGIA from series Translator Speaks SMALL STAGE The Euterpe Literatursalon celebrates in the Romanfabrik Frankfurt Prof. Manana Tandashvili founded the literature salon EUTERPE with the event “Georgian Contemporary Literature” on May 20, 2009 in the Romanfabrik Frankfurt. Ten years and many joint events later, the Literatursalon Euterpe presents the results of this special cultural exchange - sixteen translations of contemporary and classical Georgian literature. How important are reliable cultural partnerships? What traces did this speOctober 10

Speakers: Manana Tandaschwili, Michael Hohmann Moderator: Barbara Renno, culture editor at Saarländischer Rundfunk


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Giorgi Kekelidze Zaza Koshkadze

from series Thinking Georgia

from series Lyric Georgia II

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the background of wider cultural practices. The distance and the presence of these practices and this literature will be its starting point.

SMALL STAGE Both poets belong to the generation of 2000s. Giorgi Kekelidze is mostly interested in folklore and masterly manages to interlock his genuine verslibre with folkloric features and mood. He often tries to grant

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (1948) is the Albert Guérard

new meanings to the words and thus to give new life

Professor in Literature at Stanford University. Among

to the language. The most prominent refrains in the

his books (translated in many languages) on literary

poems of Zaza Koshkadze are sex and violence. This

theory and literary and cultural history are Making

is an aggressive critique of today’s cultural context.

Sense in Life and Literature (1992); In 1926 – Living

Unlike conventional, mainstream poetry, these are

at the Edge of Time (1998; ); Vom Leben und Sterben

poems and about over-weight, dirty and crippled sex

der grossen Romanisten (2002); The Powers of Philol-

workers and about the people who love them and also

ogy ( 2003;); Production of Presence (2004); In Praise

about those who hate them.

of Athletic Beauty (2006;); After 1945 – Latency as Origin of the Present (2013). He is the honorary doctor

Moderator: Keti Megrelishvili

of many universities worldwide, including Ilia State University (Georgia) and recipient of many international prizes. He is a regular contributor to leading European newspapers. Giga Zedania (1977) studied philosophy, sociology and cultural studies in Tbilisi, New York, Budapest and Bochum. He is professor and since 2014 rector of Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Among his newest publications is the edited volume Modernization in Georgia: Theories, Discourses and Realities (2018). Speaker: Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht Moderator: Giga Zedania

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Conversation about Georgia’s literature as seen against

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PRESENCE OF DISTANT IMAGINATION


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TBILISI IN MAGNUM BOOKS & MARTIN PARR TBILISI Exhibition&Presentation

SPEAK TO ME, ANGELINA by Besik Kharanauli from series Who Writes, Who Publishes

from series Visual Georgia MAIN STAGE

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Thomas Dworzak will present the exhibition in the

Besik Kharanauli is an outstanding personality of

Georgian exhibition pavilion „Tbilisi in Magnum Books“.

the Georgian literary landscape. He is one of the

The show features the long lasting relationship be-

most famous and popular poets of the present day.

tween Magnum photographers and the country of

Participants of the event will present the poetry

Georgia in general and its capital Tbilisi in particular.

collection Speak to me, Angelina. How do you

The main focus of the exhibition will be a selection

graphically capture the spirit of poetry of one of the

of photobooks featuring photographs of Tbilisi by

most unconventional and remarkable Georgian poets

Magnum photographers from 1947 to 2018. The

nominated for the Nobel Prize? In Kharanauli’s poetry,

exhibition covers a period of over 70 years, starting

an obsession with detail and thinking in steps of the

with photographs by Robert Capa who, together with

century, subtle eroticism and rough mockery come

John Steinbeck, visited Tbilisi in 1947, the same year

together and make reading a long-lasting experience.

Magnum Photos was founded. It ends with new work by Martin Parr, which was created in 2018. The other photographers in the exhibition are Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jonas Bendiksen, Inge Morath, Thomas Dworzak, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Carl de Keyzer, Paolo Pellegrin, and Patrick Zachmann. Curt Holtz and Aka Morchildaze will present the specially commissioned book “Martin Parr Tbilisi” published for Frankfurter Buchmesse by Prestel Verlag. “Martin Parr Tbilisi” is the most recent publication in a long series of Martin Parr’s collection of city books of which the ones on Rome and Paris are probably the best known. Supported by Tbilisi City Hall. GNBC, GNTA, GPBA, TBC Bank. Presentation of exhibition Tbilisi Magnum Books will be held at HUB OF REFLECTIONS of the Guest of Honour Pavilion at 16:45, 10.10.2018 Participants: Thomas Dworzak (president Magnum Photos), Curt Holtz (editorial director Prestel Verlag), Aka Morchildaze (writer of the essay The House of Joy and some Pieces of Joy), Kakha Kaladze (Mayer of Tbilisi) Project director: Eka Enukidze October 10

Publishers: Intelekti Publishing, Dağyeli Verlag Berlin Speakers: Besik Kharanauli, Gvantsa Jobava, Norbert Hummelt Moderator: Mario Pschera


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Giorgi Kekelidze about GODERDZI CHOKHELI from series Bridges MAIN STAGE cord people’s traces and voices, whose experiences

director, who depicted his native Gudamakari gorge

have traveled below the radar of official historiography

in his works. Beyond the local issues, however, his

across times. Through them the archive ought to de-

works concern ever-important themes, conveyed

velop into a continuously growing source catalogue.

through his parabolic narrative and paradoxical perspective. He directed his films based on his own works and screenplays. The translator, Anastasia Kamarauli, talks about the peculiarities of translating Goderdsi Checheli’s texts and explains what makes him an anti-Soviet Soviet author. Moderator: Manana Tandaschwili

Website presentation Speakers: Anna Margvelashvili (Soviet Past Research Laboratory, member of the board), Tamar Gurchiani Moderator: Barbara von Münchhausen, director/Goethe-Institut Georgien Organizers: Goethe-Institut Georgien in collaboration with SOVLAB (Sovi-

GERMAN-GEORGIAN DIGITAL ARCHIVE

et Past Research Laboratory/Georgia)

from series History in Retrospect SMALL STAGE The German-Georgian Digital Archive is a project made possible through special funds of the German Federal Foreign Office distributed by the German Embassy in Tbilisi and through the Goethe-Institut Georgien in 2017. It collects and documents sources of the 200-year-long relations between Germany and Georgia. It provides an open and constantly expanding virtual space for interested parties in Georgia and Germany: individuals, institutions and groups can use and contribute documents. All those interested can file materials from their family archives, document their individual point of view on the German-Georgian history (and its corresponding stories) and make them accessible to the public. In the years to come a documentary and audio-visual database will be created, which will support both revision and study of the common past. The commitment of all interested is supposed to reOctober 10

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KARLO KACHARAVA AND GERMANY

WELTEMPFANG SATELIT

from series Art and Literature

Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair

from series Get Together Discussion with Aka Morchiladze

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Karlo Kacharava (1964-1994) was a poet, a painter

Aka Morchiladze is one of the key speakers of "Georgia

and an art critic. He studied art history at the Tbilisi

Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018”.

State Art Academy where neo-impressionism, popu-

Mr. Morchiladze, a pseudonym of Giorgi Akhvlediani,

lar with official Soviet artists of the late 1970s and

was born 1966 in Tbilisi; he currently lives in London.

‘80s, was the prevalent trend among local profes-

He is one of the most famous authors of contemporary

sors. Soviet neorealism created a cultural vacuum for

Georgian literature. He has published over 20 novels

the late ‘80s Georgian avant-garde artists. Kachara-

and two volumes of short stories and has been awarded

va’s knowledge of literature, art history and his admi-

numerous literary prizes in Georgia, among them the

ration of German expressionism can be interpreted

SABA prize for the best novel of the year in 2011 for

as Katcharava’s choice of German art as an adopted

Obolé. Like his favourite writer Milorad Pavič, Aka

predecessor not only for his own work but for Geor-

Morchiladze is convinced that a novel’s plot does

gian avant-garde artists for whom he played the role

not have to run from the beginning to the end of the

of ideologist and a spokesperson.

book. He shares his theory of the emancipated reader

Speakers: Irena Popiashvili, Curator Dean of Visual Art, Architecture and Design

with Umberto Eco. Speakers: Juergen Boos, Aka Morchiladze

School at Free University of Tbilisi Moderator: Stephan Wackwitz Organizer: Goethe-Institut Georgien

THE BOOK OF TBILISI from series Discover Georgia SMALL STAGE The anthology is a collection of 10 stories by 10 Georgian authors (Dato Kardava, Gela Chqvanava, Erekle Deisadze, Zviad Kvaratskhelia, Iva Pezuashvili, Shota Iatashvili, Rusudan Rukhadze, Lado Kilasonia, Ina Archuashvili, Bacho Kvirtia). The book received many favourable reviews in the British periodicals and electronic media. Stories collected here provide an impressive depiction of lifestyle in contemporary Tbilisi, including the traditions, habits, forms of relationship, feelings, phobias, aspirations and dreams. Event language: English Speakers: Becca Parkinson, Zviad Kvaratskhelia Moderator: Gvantsa Jobava

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from series Playing with Sounds

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HAPPY HOUR Beka Gochiashvili Jazz Band

Georgian Pavilion

CIRCLE

17:00-19:00

MAIN STAGE Praised by American jazz legend Chick Corea as

incantation. Usually the words oscillate in a spiral around

“a brilliant young piano prodigy” - Jazz pianist Beka

one or two sounds. Admittedly, this lyricist tests the

Gochiashvili started playing the piano at 4-years age

boundary between sound and meaning, but he never

and by 9 was already performing in clubs in his home

goes so far as to reduce the poem to a mere sound.

town Tbilisi, Georgia. Since then he is performing all

Electrical project with musician Gogi Dzodzuashvili

around the world with the most famous Jazz perform-

made him famous throughout Georgia. Music is not

ers, among them Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, etc.

an illustration of the text but an independent parallel

On October 10th Georgian Jazz pianist will perform

sequence, which, when combined with music, creates

with the famous Georgian musicians Levan Deisadze

the third reality. The two artists are stars of the poetry

(bass-guitar) and Zaza Tsertsvadze (drum).

scene and magicians of the spoken word who will let us experience their electronic poetry performance. In cooperation with ARTAREA

Piano: Beka Gochiashvili Bass Guitar: Levan Deisadze, Drum: Zaza Tsertsvadze

Participants: Rati Amaglobeli (Author), Gogi Dzodzuashvili (Musician)

9 - 13 October Every Evening ELECTRONICMUSIC by HVL - Gigi Jikia HVL, real name Gigi Jikia - resident DJ of BASSIANI and HOROOM. Firstly, he was known as a part of Okinawa Lifestyle - musical group. His solo career began in 2013, when he released a Deep Survey EP at Rough House Rosie and was a huge success. Soon afterwards, Flats EP was released on the record label - Voyager. In 2013, HVL was awarded as an ELECTRONAUTS VI at the award ceremony of music and innovative pop culture. Two years later, he returned to Rough House Rosie with a new release Lucky Star Of High Minded EP. His last Persona Non Grata EP was released on Linear Movement in 2016. His release on BASSIANI Records - Elegance Within The Chaos managed to gain recognition in a short time. HVL’s music is difficult to place in a certain genre, because it is constantly looking for novelties and is not avoiding experiments. October 10

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Georgia Made by Characters

PAVILION PROGRAM 10:00-10:30

THE THIRD SHORE by Luka Bakanidze

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Aka Morchiladze from series Georgian Characters

from series Early Birds MAIN STAGE

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Luka Bakanidze began his career as a poet, later shift-

Aka Morchiladze is a decisive figure in the history of

ing to prose. His collection of stories Where are you,

Georgian prose since 1990-s. He is a writer, and a

Lazarus! earned him Saba Literary Award in 2017.

professional historian. Morchiladze’s narrative and

The Third Shore is his first novel, which describes the

style seem to be a kind of magic, as he manages to

lowest of the lower social circles, the world of under-

breathe life into everything that he touches, transform-

ground passageways and the darkest corners of the

ing them into uniquely accomplished and mysterious

city, which, at the same time, is revealed to have the

images. He can revive the environment and life of a

qualities of primeval innocence and beauty.

period between the late 19th century and the early

Moderator: Davit Gabunia

10:30-11:00

Nana Ekvtimishvili & Iunona Guruli from series Bittere Bonbons MAIN STAGE

20th century, and sculpture characters and people of that period; at the same time, he does not shy away from introducing famous characters of other writers into the universe of his own texts. Morchiladze is capable of both, studying and telling stories characteristic of the Soviet era. Furthermore, he is also a true master when it comes to the depiction of contemporary reality, or fantasy worlds. Being a perfect narrator, full of humour and vivid imagination, Aka Morchiladze masterfully matches all the above said with his stylized

Nana Ekvtimishvili is writer and film director. She focuses on the subject of disabled children abandoned by their parents. She also speaks about the fate of children who have no guardians, and lack the encouragement, development and implementation of their needs and rights. Iunona Guruli creates Georgian stories that are like miraculous films that always end too soon. After studying politics and history, she moved to Berlin, where she lives and works as a translator from German and Georgian languages. Moderator: Barbara Weidle

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language. Moderator: Barbara Lehnerer Organizer: Konrad Adenauer Foundation


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ABKHAZIAN CONFLICT FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES from series 100 Years

from series Taming of Literature MAIN STAGE

MAIN STAGE Guram Odisharia is a writer from Sokhumi who had

camp as a political prisoner for ‘Anti-soviet agitation

to leave his home city and region after the War of

and propaganda’. Holy Gloom is a book written on

Abkhazia in the 1990-s; a great number of his books

the experience of that period. Spending several years

concern this acute and painful issue. He is also an

in a prison camp, he came to know people that he

active participant of peace activities, and the initiator

would never have met elsewhere: people from across

of common Georgian and Abkhazian Literary Projects.

15 countries of the USSR - leading writers, professors,

Beso Khvedelidze’s work as a journalist took him to

scientists and teachers. Developing deep friendships,

the conflict zone during the war, and his collection of

spending nights in political, philosophical, and artistic

stories, the Taste of a Mouse is a fictional interpretation

discussion, an “enlightened” person knows how to

of the real events that he witnessed himself in those

make his time interesting. This is a story about how

days. These two writers will try to depict the unbiased

the Soviet system kept its best minds in the dark and

account of war from two different perspectives.

Speaker: Levan Berdzenishvili

Participants: Guram Odisharia, Beso Chwedelidse Moderator: Stefan Weidle

Moderator: Andreas Fanizadeh Organizer: Konrad Adenauer Foundation

ARRIVAL IN WHEELCHAIR by Shorena Khukhua

PEN MARATHON 2018

Discussion

from series Award Ceremonies & Competitions

SMALL STAGE Moderator: Carsten Schmidt

SMALL STAGE The award ceremony and presentation of the bilingual collection of works. PenMarathon, a literary competition, was founded and organized by Diogene Publishing House in 2002. The main objectives of the competition are to discover new talented authors, to create challenges for already established writers and to enrich the local literary environment. In 2018, the right to participate was granted to authors from Georgia and Germany. Two 1st prizes, two 2nd prizes and two 3rd prizes will be awarded to Georgian and German participants. Moderator: Tamar Lebanidze October 11

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In 1984–87 Levan Berdzenishvili was sent to a prison

how these illuminated minds made this darkness holy.

Georgian Pavilion

THE HOLY GLOOM OF A POLITICAL PRISONER Levan Berdzenishvili

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Naira Gelashvili from series Ex-Libris

13:00-13:30

Eka Kewanischwili Paata Shamugia from series Voices: Poetry

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It can be argued that Naira Gelashvili is the first Geor-

Both poets are outstanding representatives of the gener-

gian female prose writer, who, with her multi-level,

ation of the 2000-s. Main essence of Eka Kevanishvi-

complex narrative and highly refined style, established

li’s poetry is fighting against unfairness. Her verses

herself among many important authors immediate-

often cover tabooed topics, but on the same time

ly upon her debut in the literary life. In 1980-s, her

seems quite challenging. Her genuine writing style

novels and stories stood out with their psychologi-

reveals her poetic world, thus she has successfully

cal depth. Later, however, social and political issues

captured the critics and reader’s attention alike. Paata

began to dominate her works. Gelashvili also began

Shamugia is an intellectual poet who knows the history

to write works in the genre of autobiography. In her

of philosophy particularly well. Philosophical themes

novel Pieces / Splinters of Mirror she employs the

come into his poems in a way that lets one understand

autobiographical narrative, which transforms into a

how deeply the author has gone into them and thus

sequence of parables/ acquires parabolic nature. It

manages to endow these themes with artistic life.

is notable that her novel the First Two Circles tells the

For him, shock is an instrument for new discoveries.

story of the existence and dissolution of Translators’ Collegium, while also depicting the dire background of life in 1990-s, one of the most difficult periods in Georgian history.

Moderator: Dirk Hülstrunk

TRANSLATION PROCESS from series Translator Speaks

Moderator: Jan Wiele SMALL STAGE “To really translate means to adapt something that is spoken in another language to your language.” (Martin Luther, Tischreden) How can the Georgian literature be adapted to the German language in such a way that the authors do not sound strange? How much exoticism can be maintained in translation and how can one struggle the creeping “cartwelisms” in translation? An interesting discussion between three famous translators of Georgian literature on the special features of the Georgian-German translation. Participants: Rosemarie Tietze, Sibylla Heinze, Tata Kotrikadze and Natia Mikeladse-Bachsoliani Moderator: Natia Mikeladse-Bachsoliani October 11


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Irma Shiolashvili Amiran Svimonishvili

from series Thinking Georgia

from series Lyric Georgia II

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Georgian Pavilion

HOW TO SPEAK AND WRITE ABOUT GEORGIA

SMALL STAGE Irma Shiolashvili has live in Germany for a long time

which have been used both by external observers and

and is intesively involved into the literary life of the

endogenous participants to describe and understand

country. Irma speaks about home-ness and selfhood

Georgia. Continuities and breaks between different

with an understated passion whose yearnings glow

historical and cultural configurations will be discussed

from underneath a rainbow of nuances and intonations,

to which Georgia belonged in the space of the last

without pathos, yet with lucidity and with strength.

two centuries.

Amiran Swimonishvili's poems use traditional forms,

Zaal Andronikashvili is professor at the Ilia-State-University, Tbilisi and a research fellow at the Center for Literary and Cultural Studies in Berlin. He studied History and Philology in Tbilisi and Saarbrücken and completed his PhD at the Göttingen-University (2005). He is studying theory and history of literature and culture in Georgia and comments on Georgian politics on his

their sometimes overflowing richness of images tells about searching for a responsible path for the individual and for his country in a time of confusion and great perspectives. Among the Georgian poets from the 20th to the 21st century, the poet has his own place. The translator Thomas Häusermann presents his poetry. Moderator: Keti Megrelishvili

blog. He is an co-author of Landna(h)me Georgien. Studien zur kulturellen Semantik (together with Emzar Jgerenaia und Franziska Thun-Hohenstein, 2018). Giorgi Maisuradze, studied history, philosophy and cultural studies in Tbilisi, Saarbrücken and Berlin, PhD at the Humboldt University Berlin, 2008-2013 researcher at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin, since 2014 professor at the Ilia State University Tbilisi, director of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research. Giga Zedania (1977) studied philosophy, sociologyand cultural studies in Tbilisi, New York, Budapest andBochum. He is professor and since 2014 rector of IliaState University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Among his newestpublications is the edited volume Modernization in Georgia: Theories, Discourses and Realities (2018). Speakers: Zaal Andronikashvili, Giorgi Maisuradze, Giga Zedania

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AVANT-GARDE IN GEORGIA. BETWEEN DADA, FASHION, AND THEATRE

14 :30-15:00

Besik Kharanauli about VAZHA-PSHAVELA from series Bridges

from series Visual Georgia MAIN STAGE

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Georgian artist Petre Otskheli, who was arrested and

Vazha Pshavela’s (1861-1915) poetic style and stylized

executed at the age of 29 in the Soviet Union in 1937,

Pshavi dialect made him distinguished and unique

made an Avant-garde film and stage design on the

among his contemporaries over the course of the

basis of his Constructivist scenography. The secret of

19th century. He was a great humanist who admired

the simplicity and monumentality of Otskheli’s works

and understood the secrets and mystery of Mother

lies in his references to nature as a source of further

Nature most profoundly; Vazha-Pshavela took the

education. Georgian-French author and artist Iliazd

Georgian narrative epic to the highest level, with

is believed to be one of the most innovative typogra-

dominant themes of destiny, and conflict between

phers of the 20th century. He belonged to the circle

the individual and society.

of French Dadaists, Symbolists, and not least of all, fashion designers working for Chanel. The Georgian group H2SO4 published its unique edition, in which the members of the group published their Futurist manifesto, Dadaist poems, and political declarations,

Moderator: Alexander Kartosia

(S)HERO(ES) Other Stories of August War 2008 from series History in Retrospect

sending a provocative message: “Evaporation of conventional art! Speakers: Vladimir Velminski Moderator: Lasha Bakradze

SMALL STAGE The photo book recounts the story of the Russian-Georgian War of 2008, as seen and told by women. “(S)

REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING

hero(es)” is an attempt to restore the timeline of war,

from series Who Writes, Who Publishes

and, at the same time, explore the other side of it.

SMALL STAGE Zviad Ratiani is an expressionist poet.The mood appropriates the poet, gives him impulses, gives him energy. But precisely at this critical moment he becomes the controller who manages to empower himself of the creative process, to expel it into its limits and to find the optimal form. Participants of the event will present the poetry collection Requiem for the Living.

Women rarely begin, or directly participate in wars, only very few of them joining the army. Therefore, historical chronicles and data seldom mentions their names. In truth, however, they are the ones that suffer the most, while their strong willpower frequently determines the outcome of war, and the lives of many people. And, “(S)hero(es)” is the story of precisely such women - heroes left alone in the backstage of war. Publisher: Books in Batumi Publishing

Publishers: Diogene Publishers, Klak Verlag

Speakers: Salome Benidze (writer);

Speakers: Zviad Ratiani, Zaza Shengelia

Dina Oganova (photographer); Mariam Korinteli

Moderator: Jörg Becken

Moderator: Maia Panjikidze

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Chabua Amirejibi DATA TUTASCHCHIA A NOVEL AND A FILM from series Cinema Characters MAIN STAGE Georgian photographers and authors. This dialogue

country, and the novel became a sensational success

of positions leads to a deeper insight into a truly

immediately after its publication. To this day, it is con-

fascinating country. With contributions by: Ana

sidered one of the most important novels of contempo-

Kordzaia-Samadashvili, Andreas Oetker-Kast, Dato

rary Georgian literature. This historical, philosophical,

Turashvili, Dina Oganova, Giorgi Shengelia, Giorgi

political, satirical crime novel, this colourful panorama

Tabliashvili, Guram Tsibakhashvili, Natela Grigalashvili,

of stories, people, conversations, landscapes can re-

Tinatin Kiguradze, Vakho Khetaguri, Yuri Mechitov

ally be compared with nothing. This novel by Chabua Amirejibi (1921-2013) was published in 1975, and it became popular immediately upon the publication. However, its popularity and fame in the Soviet Union further increased in 1978 when the seven-episode feature film of the same name premiered in 1978 (di-

Photo-book presentation Publisher: Bt:st Verlag Speakers: Andreas Oetkerkast, Ana KordzaiaSamadashvili Moderator: Maia Panjikidze

rected by Giga Lortkifanidze, Gizo Gebeskiria). Kristian Lichtenfield, translator of the novel in German, will discuss the novel, while literature scholar Lasha Bakradze will talk about the film version. Speakers: Kristiane Lichtenfeld, Zaal Andronikaschwili Moderator: Lasha Bakradze

TAMAR, WHERE ARE YOU? from series Art and Literature SMALL STAGE Tamar was the queen of Georgia ruling the country at the end of the 12th century, leading Georgia to the peak of its golden age – today, after centuries of foreign occupation and countless armed conflicts, Georgia presents itself as an aspiring republic. „Tamar, Where Are You?“ is a photo-text book initiated by the German photographer Andreas Oetker-Kast and his long term photographic exploration of Georgia, in which the perspective is extended by stories of October 11

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GEORGIA. A LITERARY JOURNEY from series Get Together MAIN STAGE

ONE TRAVELLER’S DIARY OF GEORGIA from series Discover Georgia SMALL STAGE

This travel journal has been written by German and

Constanze John started her journey through Georgia

Georgian authors, who have been travelling through

in the capital city Tbilisi and traveled in all directions,

Georgia. The book portrays the travellers’ individual

by public transport or by foot. She visited Kazbegi,

perspective on the different regions, their culture, nature

Sugdidi, Uschguli, Batumi, Bolnissi and also the small

and traditions. Resulting from those encounters, an

town of Gori, Stalin’s place of birth. She traveled to

unordinary travel guide to Georgia has been formed:

monasteries and cathedrals, had conversations

Georgia. A Literary Journey. The anthology will be

with locals, amongst them a school class in Tbilisi.

published in 2018 through a cooperation of the

The journey of Constanze John is a search for the

„Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt“, the Georgian National

soul of Georgia. Constanze John, born in 1959, lives

Book Center and the Goethe-Institut Georgien. It will

in Leipzig. Since 1997 she has been working as a

be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which hosts

freelance author, she wrote for example travel reports

Georgia as its special guest of honour in 2018. The

for Deutschlandfunk and Deutschlandradio.

project „Georgien. Eine literarische Reise“ | „Georgia. A Literary Journey“ has been conceived by the GoetheInstitut Georgien within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, financed by the German Federal Foreign Office. Speakers: Nino Haratischwili, Tamta Melashvili, Nestan Nene Kvinikadze, Katja Petrowskaja Moderator: Zaal Andronikashvili (Georgia) Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin Organizers: Goethe-Institut Georgien, Georgian National Book Center, Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt

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Publisher: MAIRDUMONT GmbH & Co. KG Speakers: Constanze John, Birgit Berg-Becker Moderator: Maia Panjikidze


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from series Playing with Sounds

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HAPPY HOUR Nika Machaidze & Natalie Tba Beridze

Georgian Pavilion

HYMNOPEDIA

17:00-19:00

MAIN STAGE The famous Georgian electronic musicians Nika

Burchuladze’s poem. During this combined literary

Machaidze and Natalie Beridze have created a new

and musical performance, Zaza and Irakli shall present

musical soundtrack of the oldest version of Kote

the audience with the merging and confluence of

Mikaberidze’s movie “My Grandmother”, which is

verse and music.

one of the most important works of Georgian Cinema

Participants: Zaza Burchuladze (Author), Irakli Kiziria (Musician, multimedia artist)

classics (old version of soundtrack belongs to Oleg Karavaichuk). This is an electronic acoustic music that authors perform live. In cooperation with ARTAREA.

After Happy Hours: ELECTRONICMUSIC by HVL - Gigi Jikia October 11

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Georgia Made by Characters

PAVILION PROGRAM 10:00-10:30

FISH WITH TWO SHADOWS by Khatuna Tavdgiridze

October

11:00-11:30

Achil Kikodze from series Georgian Characters

from series Early Birds MAIN STAGE

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The cornerstone of Khatuna Tavdgiridze’s works is a

Archil Kikodze loves to play the part of a guide both in

combination of fiction and scientific literature. Her novel

life and in his art. His latest novel, Southern Elephant,

– Fish with Two Shadows – is a philosophical fantasy, a

has the main character wander through the streets

mystical chronicle, and a medieval apocalyptic hysteria,

of Tbilisi in the course of a single day, while also

which is depicted through magic realism, combining

painting the portrait of the entire city, building a vast

a great variety of themes from mythology and folklore.

gallery of characters, and combining stories and tales

Moderator: Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili

about various places. The writer has also travelled in mountainous regions of Georgia to guide foreign birdwatchers. Based on this experience, he wrote the

10:30-11:00

Story of a Bird and a Man. Wherever Archil Kikodze might be, in cities or mountains, he observes and takes

Tamar Tandashvili & Ruska Jorjoliani

notice of everything; and whatever cannot be conveyed

from series Bittere Bonbons

A writer, a guide, and a photographer – this is Archil

in words, he captures through the lens of his camera. Kikodze, a man of both, the city and the mountains.

MAIN STAGE Tamar Tandashvili studied literature and psychology, publishes a widely read blog and works as a psychologist and activist, especially for women and the rights of sexual minorities. Snowstorm of Orange Dandelions (2016) is her first novel in German translation, her next novel Materikon was published in Georgia in 2017. In the early 1990s, Ruska Jorjoliani’s family fled to Tbilisi after ethnic cleansing in Abkhazia region. Since 2007, Jorjoliani has been living in Palermo, where she graduated the faculty of philosophy. Ruska Jorjoliani’s debut novel Your Being Here as City is nominated for the Hotlist 2018. Moderator: Barbara Weidle October 12

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HIDDEN SIDES OF THE WAR

from series Taming of Literature

from series 100 Years

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Georgian Pavilion

SEARCH FOR UNUSUAL WAYS O.Chkheidze, G.Dotschanaschwili

MAIN STAGE Tamta Melashvili’s first book is about the hidden side

the nobility and spiritual elite, whose family was hit by

of war. Not a single shot can be heard throughout the

a wave of repressions. The writer, who miraculously

entire novel, and despite this, however, she manages

survived these repressions, was trying to unmask

to illustrate the horror of war with utmost intensity.

the regime from his creative debut. For this purpose,

Counting Out is about two teenage girls who live in

he used a style that would make what he had to say

a provincial town located within a conflict zone. Small

not so understandable for censors. In spite of this,

girls are involved in drug trafficking to earn money for

it was very difficult to publish the novels he wrote in

food. Similar to this novel, Burchuladze’s Adibas also

the Soviet era (and he is the author of 24 novels). As

satirically describes how the elite circles continue

regards Guram Dochanashvili, he is characterized by

their ordinary life and usual consumption of goods

extreme expressivity, artistry, and humour, which also

in Tbilisi, while people are dying in a distance of half

proved to be an appropriate reaction in the era, where

an hour’s drive from the capital city.

writers had to search for ways of drawing the wool over censors’ eyes. Otar Chkheidze managed to do this by deliberately making his language and phrases more complicated and Guram Dochanashvili moved action to an unfamiliar environment and invented countries creating the effect of alienation. Speakers: Rostom Chkheidze, Giorgi Lobzhanidze Moderator: Alexander Kartosia

Participants: Tamta Melaschwili, Zaza Burchuladze Moderator: Richard Kämmerlings

ITB BOOK AWARD 2018 from series Award Ceremonies & Competitions SMALL STAGE For the first time, ITB Berlin, Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels and Frankfurter Buchmesse present

Bela Chekurishvili

an ITB BuchAward for the category „Frankfurter Buchmesse Guest of Honour – Georgia“. The awarded

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authors and publishers are Marlies Kriegenherdt (“Reiseführer Georgien”, Reise Know-How) as well as

For a long time Bela Chekurishvili has lived in Germany

Giorgi Kvastiani, Vadim Spolanski and Andreas Sternfeldt

and are intensively involved into the literary life of the

(“Reiseführer Georgien. Unterwegs zwischen Kaukasus

country. The poems of Bella Chekurishvili are the stories

und Schwarzem Meer“, Trescher Verlag) and Nino

about some modern human being who constantly finds

Haratischwili („Das achte Leben (für Brilka)“, Ullstein

itself in ZeitNot, being always on the way, looking from

Taschenbuch Verlag/Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt).

that way to what is dear and important for its heart.

Two of the jurors, Raphaela Sabel (editor-in-chief of

Discussion Moderator: Keti Megrelishvili

Schweizer Buchhandel) and Eckart Baier (editor-inchief of Buchjournal) will hand the prizes over to the authors and publishers in the Guest of Honour pavilion. October 12

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Aka Morchiladze

Shota Iatashvili | Zviad Ratiani

from series Ex-Libris

from series Voices:Poetry

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Aka Morchiladze is a decisive figure in the history of

Shota Iatashvili’s poems are characterised by a nar-

Georgian prose since 1990-s. He is a writer, and a

rative style of humour and always saturated with a par-

professional historian. Morchiladze’s narrative and style

adoxical way of looking at things. Typical of his poetry

seem to be a kind of magic, as he manages to breathe

is the attention paid to everydayness. Shota Iatashvili

life into everything that he touches, transforming them

manages to write about everything: about money, an

into uniquely accomplished and mysterious images.

electrical plug, a cigarette-lighter, a blood-pressure

He can revive the environment and life of a period

machine, tinned sea cabbage... He seems to be sitting

between the late 19th century and the early 20th

among friends and chatting to them, or he’s sitting quite

century, and sculpture characters and people of that

alone and talking. Zviad Ratiani is an expressionist

period; Morchiladze is capable of both, studying and

poet. The themes and iconographic images have an

telling stories characteristic of the Soviet era. Being a

emotional effect on him. The mood appropriates the

perfect narrator, full of humour and vivid imagination,

poet, gives him - not so rarely and also quite exces-

Aka Morchiladze masterfully matches all the above

sively - impulses, gives him energy. But precisely at

said with his stylized language.

this critical moment he becomes the controller who

Moderator: Jan Wiele

Lali Ketsba-Khundadse Kato Javakhishvili from series Lyric Georgia I SMALL STAGE Texts of Kato Javakhishvili have a peculiar expressiveness, which make them quite complicated and different. She often uses interludes, which change the poem’s rhythm and intonation. Her poetry has many social themes, where the author directly points out to the reader the problems which affect today’s society.In her poetry, Prof. Lali Ketsba approaches supposedly small everyday

manages to empower himself of the creative process, to expel it into its limits and to find the optimal form. Moderator: Dirk Hülstrunk

TRANSLATION PROCESS from series Translator Speaks SMALL STAGE Steffi Chotiwari-Jünger, Tamar Muskhelishvili and Ninio Osepashvili, translators of several novels and various literary collections will discuss translation process, including their personal experience of working in tandems with German speaking translators.

experiences in a very special, poetic way. The texts

Participants: Tamar Muskhelishvili, Nino

are deliberately written in German and, thus, also have

Osepashvili, Steffi Chotiwari-Jünger

a linguistic reflective level on which the relationship

Moderator: Steffi Chotiwari-Jünger

of the human being to language becomes visible. Moderator: Alexander Kartozia

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PIROSMANI. WANDERER BETWEEN THE WORLDS

from series Lyric Georgia II

from series Visual Georgia

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MAIN STAGE Discussions held on the occasion of a substantial

and free verses covering a wide range of topics: from a

publication at the same time as an exhibition at the

detailed sunset description, scenic and philosophical,

Albertina Museum in Vienna. The self-taught person,

to the “Nuclear Weapon Lullaby”, from love lyrics to the

who painted his fervently haunting pictures for Georgian

recent events unfolding in the global history scene of

hotels and as gifts at the turn of the century and lived

the mankind. Like Nika Jorjaneli, in the poetry of Zaza

as a “vagabond”, is today above all a partially forgotten

Bibilashvili you will find conventional and free verse,

hero of Avant-garde. He was introduced as “Rousseau

written to a consistent artistic standard, a poetic diary

of the East” at the legendary exhibition called Target

and a lyrical long poem.

in Moscow in 1913 together with Natalia Goncharova,

Moderator: Keti Megrelishvili Reader of the peoms: Sabine Schiffner

Mikhail Larionov, Kasimir Malevich, and Marc Chagall. At the centre of the discussions is the question of the audience, which transcends borders in many respects and also includes the exciting posthumous reception in his own country. Speakers: Elisabeth Dutz, Bice Curiger Moderator: Mahsan Tajik

DICTATORSHIP OF POETRY from series Who Writes, Who Publishes SMALL STAGE The most recent poetic collection of works by Zurab Rtveliashvili, The Dictatorship of Poetry, was almost simultaneously published in Georgian, German, and English in 2017-2018. A year earlier, the book appeared in Swedish. Two publishers from Georgia and Germany speak about their choice of publishing the performer poet’s book in poetry. How did readers accept the extravagant poet’s specific voice and how does Zurab Rtveliashvili cooperate with two different publishers?. Publishers: Intelekti Publishing, Klak Verlag Speakers: Zurab Rtveliashvili, Gvantsa Jobava , Sabine Schiffner Moderator: Jörg Becken October 12

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The poetry of Nika Jorjaneli comprises both, traditional

Georgian Pavilion

Nika Jorjaneli Zaza Bibilashvili


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Lewan Berdsenischwili about DAVIT KLDIASHVILI

Rezo Cheishvili MASTER OF ABSURD COMEDY

from series Bridges

from series Bridges

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Davit Kldiashvili (1862-1931) was a realist writer and

Rezo Cheishvili’s (1933-2015) novel The Blue Mountains

playwright who lived between the 19th and the 20th

is a classic in his homeland. Based on his book,

cneturies. His exceptional use of humour enables him to

Cheischwili wrote the screenplay for the film Blue

depict largely miserable life and existence of common

Mountains or Unbelievable Story (1983), which was

Georgians of that time in a tragi-comic manner. Main

shown at the Cannes Festival in 2014 in the series of

characters in his novels are impoverished gentry.

world cinema classics. Till today “The Blue Mountains”

Moderator: Rachel Gratzfeld

100 YEARS 100 PHOTOS. GEORGIA 1918-2018 & 08.08.08 from series History in Retrospect SMALL STAGE Nino Dzandzava and Lasha Bakradze, authors of 100 Years 100 Photos. Georgia 1918-2018 combine several researches carried out in the National Archives. Based

are used as a winged word when a situation appears to be absurd, not wanting to end. The absurdity of an administrative apparatus faithful to the system, the distance from the content-related tasks in favor of functioning, can hardly be better staged. It seems absurd that the increasingly developing tragedy turns into unwanted comedy, because otherwise it is no longer bearable. Rezo Cheishvili authored screenplays for many other Georgian movies. Cheishvili’s unique narrative manner, and matching / compliance of his individual style with the language of the Georgian film shall be discussed by literature scholar Zaal Andronikashvili.

on the detailed study, the authors are able to illustrate

Speaker: Stefan Monhardt

the most significant event of each year since 1918 until

Moderator: Zaal Andronikashvili

today. The book covers past decades and their major determined and shaped each year. Authors have

WANTED: A HERO FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

managed to compile a kaleidoscope calendar of the

from series Art and Literature

occurrences, while also identifying those images that

century. 08.08.08 (author: Nino Lomadze), based on the literary genre of oral storytelling, includes the personal stories told by participants of 2008 Russo-Georgian war. How intense, sensitive, and painful collective or personal memory of war can be now, when 10 years have passed from war? What is the life like for the refugees, for those who were left without homes due to the war? How can Georgia use or control such memory of the war? Publishers: Indigo Publishing Speakers: Nino Lomadze, Tamar Babuadze Moderator: Maia Panjikidze October 12

SMALL STAGE Shota Rustaveli’s great poem The Knight in the Panther’s Skin, written 800 years ago, is still a central element of Georgian culture. How can such a work be updated? Artist David Machavariani (“Kakadu”) and publisher Tina Mamulashvili, who have just presented an adaptation as a graphic novel, discuss this with Tilman Spreckelsen, who retells Rustaweli’s work in German. Moderator: Davit Machavariani, Tilman Spreckelsen, Tina Mamulashvili


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GEORGIA. A LITERARY JOURNEY from series Get Together

MAIN STAGE tells the story of the foundation and urban evolution

Georgian authors, who have been travelling through

of the so-called Neu Tiflis (Tifliser Kolonie) in the

Georgia. The book portrays the travellers’ individual

then village of Kukia. It traces the development of the

perspective on the different regions, their culture, nature

settlement of the German colonists, who soon upon

and traditions. Resulting from those encounters, an

their arrival opened various artisan shops, breweries,

unordinary travel guide to Georgia has been formed:

hotels, restaurants, cinema houses and small and

Georgia. A Literary Journey. The anthology will be

large enterprises. Special attention is given to public

published in 2018 through a cooperation of the

gardens, single-family homes with gardens and later

„Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt“, the Georgian National

tenement houses designed and built for them mostly

Book Center and the Goethe-Institut Georgien. It will

by German architects and engineers. Offering findings,

be presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which hosts

which result from original research using archival

Georgia as its special guest of honour in 2018. The

records as well as direct field observations, the book

project „Georgien. Eine literarische Reise“ | „Georgia.

is richly illustrated by design drawings and archival

A Literary Journey“ has been conceived by the Goethe-

photos as well as those taken by the author in the last

Institut Georgien within the framework of the Eastern

two decades (1994-2018).

Partnership, financed by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Book Presentation Speakers: Maia Mania (architectural historian)

Speakers: Nino Haratischwili, Irma Tavelidze,

Moderator: Barbara von Münchhausen, director/

Archil Kikodze, Ulla Lenze

Goethe-Institut Georgien

Moderator: Zaal Andronikashvili (Georgia) Center

Organizer: Goethe-Institut Georgien

for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin Organizers: Goethe-Institut Georgien, Georgian National Book Center, Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt

GERMAN ARCHITECTS IN TBILISI from series Discover Georgia SMALL STAGE German Architects in Tbilisi by the architectural historian Maia Mania presents biographies and works of German architects and engineers active in Tbilisi in the late 19th and the early 20th century. Shedding light upon the rich architectural legacy left by the Germans in Tbilisi, the book highlights their major contributions to the transformation of urban spaces in Tbilisi.The book October 12

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SILENT SWIM from series Playing with Sounds MAIN STAGE

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HAPPY HOUR Georgian National Ballet Sukhishvili MAIN STAGE

Irakli Charkviani is widely admired poet, writer, and

The program of the Georgian National Ballet is a story

musician of contemporary Georgia, whose influence

about fight, suffering and heroism of Georgian people;

remains strong on Georgian musicians and writers. One

fabulous costumes and gorgeous choreography

of his grandfathers was the leader of Soviet Georgia

portraying Georgian soul-men surprise with their

during Stalin’s totalitarian rule, and his father served

temperament and reflect both warlike and noble

as the advisor for two presidents of independent

nature; Stunningly beautiful women, floating on the

Georgia (in 1990-s). The past of his family, and its

stage, fascinate spectators with their charming dance.

ties with political power did not prevent him from

The whole program brings up the history of Georgia

becoming the symbol of Georgian counterculture.

to the trial of the audience. Georgian National Ballet

Born in 1961, he referred to himself and his peers as

has always been innovating Georgian dances, evolve

the Gagarini Generation, as 1961 was that year that the

and advance it. The folkloric themes (choreography,

first human travelled to space. It was the generation

music) are being modernized and filled with classical

that found personal freedom and human rights the

dance elements. That’s what makes the company so

highest of all values, and decided to fight against the

unique, successful and demanding throughout its

injustice in the universe. This event will begin with

existence. The Georgian National Ballet has around

a Calm Swim, a composition of the same name (as

150 dancers and its own orchestra.

Charkviani’s novel). Charkviani’s wife and musical partner Ketato who is one of the real-life characters of the novel, will participate in the presentation and read her late husband’s sound poetry. Participant: Gaga Lomidze, Iunona Guruli Moderator: Mario Pschera

After Happy Hours: ELECTRONICMUSIC by HVL - Gigi Jikia October 12


PAVILION PROGRAM 10:00-10:30

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Zurab Karumidze

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BESTSELLER by Beka Adamashvili

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from series Georgian Characters

from series Early Birds MAIN STAGE

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Beka Adamashvili’s Bestseller is a novel of detective

Zurab Karumidze is a true modernist in his heart

genre that combines satire, parody, and fantasy; it

and his mind. Influenced by the age of modernism,

involves discussions of literature, literary clichés,

his narrative never fails to illustrate the emotional

famous authors, and their characters. The book depicts

intensity of modernist quests and experiments. He

a literary inferno, where the reader comes across George

is an intellectual, and an extremely passionate writer,

Orwell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Allan Poe, James

who plays a game of epochs and cultures, combining

Joyce, etc. The hell also has anonymous suicide club.

and clashing them, and staging carnivals. His use

The novel is shaped as a great puzzle/jigsaw, and it is

of the Georgian language is genuinely captivating.

accompanied with a number of literary maps.

Zurab Karumidze possesses profound knowledge of

Moderator: Davit Gabunia

the English language and culture, and his exceptional fluency enables him to write in English effortlessly. One of Karumidze’s novels in English tells the mysterious

10:30-11:00

story of the murder of Dagny Juel, a Norwegian writer and the muse of Edward Munch, which took place in

Tea Topuria & Nino Tarkhnishvili from series Bittere Bonbons

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Tbilisi in the early 20th century. Moderator: Barbara Lehnerer

MAIN STAGE Tea Tophuria and Nino Tarkhnishvili are the authors of the same generation. Both are the journalists working for radio Liberty. Consequently, they are constantly focused on the acute topics related to political, social and gender problems that are interestingly reflected in their pieces of art. Tea Tophuria works in both poetic and prosaic forms. As for Nino Tarkhnishvili, her favorite form is miniature. Moderator: Barbara Weidle

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Akaki Bakradze TAMING OF THE LITERATURE

THE SOVIET REGIME THROUGH GREAT CLASSICS

from series Taming of Literature

from series 100 Years

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When the famous literary critic, art historian and

Mikhail Javakhishvili (1880-1937) and Grigol Robakidze

editor Akaki Bakradze (1928-1999) completed the

(1882-1962) were the authors of the first half of the

Book Taming of Literature in 1983, it was impossible

20th century. Javakhishvili’s critical viewpoint always

to publish such a critical analysis of Soviet power.

annoyed the Soviet regime, and, consequently, he fell

Despite the adversities of the imposed censorship,

victim to the Purge in 1937. Grigol Robakidze managed

the manuscript quickly made the rounds in literary

to immigrate to Germany, and later wrote several of his

circles. The book describes how Soviet power sup-

works in German. Otar Chiladze (1933-2009) was an

pressed literary freedom and tried to equate literature

author of the 1960-s. His novels reflect various ages

ideologically. Tilman Spreckelsen discusses the

from the history of Georgia, beginning with the earli-

topic with Lascha Bakradze, the historian, professor,

est period until the 1990-s. The Soviet period is ana-

director of the Georgian Literature Museum and son

lysed in his last two novels, Avelum and The Basket.

of Akaki Bakradze.

Participants: Kristiane Lichtenfeld, Phil-

Speaker: Lasha Bakradze

lip Dyck, Alexander Kartosia

Moderator: Tilman Spreckelsen

Moderator: Christoph Haacker

Organizer: Konrad Adenauer Foundation

COMIC BATTLE AT THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR from series Award Ceremonies & Competitions SMALL STAGE Every year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, two teams of comic artists or illustrators compete against each other. Two teams of draughtsmen - one from Germany and one from the host country - are on stage and each team has a flipchart available for drawing. From the audience suggestions are now made as to what should be drawn, then the teams receive two minutes time for the graphic realization, the flipcharts are turned around and the results are presented - the audience votes by applause. The event shall be held in two rounds: the first round will be held on the small stage of the pavilion at 12 o’clock, while the other will be held on the island of independent publishers at 15:30. Participants: Gio Jincharadze, Tatia Nadareishvili, Jan Altehenger, Marc Angel October 13


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Rati Amaglobeli Shalva Bakuradze

from series Ex-Libris

from series Voices: Poetry

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Georgian Pavilion

Lasha Bugadze’s A SMALL COUNTRY

MAIN STAGE Rati Amaghlobeli is the dervish of contemporary

talent of humour, sarcasm, irony, and grotesque, which

Georgian poetry. His sonorous poems have an incan-

he employs in his writing to intensify and sharpen the

tatory feel. Mostly, the words swirl in a spiral round

faults, and general ignorance that are rather usual in

one or two sounds. Admittedly, this poet tries out the

social and political life. He attempts to combine all

borderline between sound and meaning, but he never

of the above-mentioned in a feuilleton, composing

goes so far as to reduce a poem to mere sound. He is

a set of paradoxical and absurd images. Bugadze is

extremely inventive in seeking a form for his poems.

also famous for the interpretation of historical events,

Shalva Bakuradze is obsessed with his ideas about

mythological and biblical themes, in the context

how old Georgian texts were read, pronounced and

of which he provides a profound understanding of

sung, where the accents were places, what the into-

real and actual problems, while also depicting and

nation was, etc. He writes his own poems and then

conveying his thoughts in an original manner. All

declaims them with this intonation… In brief, his po-

of the above mentioned is brilliantly reflected in his

etry is a provocative

semi-autobiographical novel a Small Country, 2017.

Moderator: Dirk Hülstrunk

Moderator: Joachim Unseld Organizer: Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Ela Gochiashvili Givi Alkhazishvili from series Lyric Georgia I SMALL STAGE

TRANSLATION PROCESSES from series Translator Speaks SMALL STAGE

Ela Gochiashvili has clearly expanded the boundaries

Maia Tabukashvili and Rachel Gratzfeld have extensive

and resources of the modern Georgian lyrical genre: she

experience of translating classical works. Two of them

has offered us poetic stories that lie on the boundary

decided to translate the same work, and the two

of the lyrical and the epic. Nuance is the main feature

translations were published simultaneously. They will

of her poetry, which requires an acute poetic ear to

share this story with the audience as well.

appreciate, as well as a great variety of intonation and a polyphonic quality. Givi Alkhazishvili’s poetry always keeps the balance between adhering to the legacy

Participants: Maia Tabukashvili, Rachel Gratzfeld Moderator: Rachel Gratzfeld

and introducing the novelty, between the national and European traditions, the classic and the modern, emotion and reason, meditation and everyday routine, the structured rhyming patters and blank verse. Moderator: Alexander Kartozia October 13

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THINKING FREEDOM IN THE USSR. WHY MAMARDASHVILI IS IMPORTANT TODAY

GEORGIAN SCRIPTS BETWEEN FUNCTION AND FASCINATION

from series Thinking Georgia

from series Visual Georgia

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Merab Mamardashvili (1930-1990) is one of the most

Scripts are a reflection of the perception of the world.

important philosophers from the Soviet Union, if not

They lend character, identity, and self-confidence

the most important. The “Georgian Socrates” (Jean-

to cultures. This is particularly true of the Georgian

Pierre Vernant) enjoys an almost mythical reputation

script with its more than 1,500 years of tradition and

in his homeland and in Russia, where he influenced

its three historical forms that are so different. Prof.

several generations of philosophers. However, he is

Dr. Jost Gippert and Dr. Stefan Soltek talk about the

largely unknown outside the former Soviet Union.

Georgian scripts and the exhibition “Tbilisi on my

Mamardashvili was the only philosopher from the

mind” at Klingspor Museum in Offenbach.

Soviet Union, who tried to philosophically reflect on and articulate the experience of Soviet totalitarianism.

Speakers: Jost Gippert, Stefan Soltek

Philosophy is not a profession or a discipline, but a

Moderator: Manana Tandashvili

creative act for Mamardashvili. While carrying out this act, man changes from a biological man, who is

GEORGIAN HEART

always a potential man, to a cultural man. However, the

from series Who Writes, Who Publishes

process of becoming human is not a one-off process. It must constantly be repeated. The conversation will

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revolve around the importance of Mamardashvili today

The anthology Georgiens Herz presents thirty-three

and about his later perception.

Georgian poets with two poems of each one. The

Speakers: Zaal Andronikaschwili, Andreas Rötzer Moderator: Gemma Pörzgen

book highlights the major course and development of Georgian poetry from the beginning of 20th century to nowadays. In the anthology, one can find both the

Dato Barbakadze from series Lyric Georgia II SMALL STAGE Dato Barbakadze is one of the key figure of 1990s. His

classics of Georgian poetry and the poets who recently started their literary career; the ones without whom it is impossible to grasp the overall picture of Georgian literature and the ones who are not considered to be the part of the mainstream.

philosophical, experimental and conceptual poetry had

Publisher: Größenwahn Verlag

a great impact on adapting new poetics. He speaks

Speakers: Lela Samniashvili, Rezo Getiashvili

with a distinct voice and rare vision in poems that

Moderator: Elena Hein

invite contemplation more than dramatic reaction. Moderator: Maja Lisowski

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from series Bridges

JEANS GENERATION.THE CASE OF AN AIRCRAFT HIJACKING - IN LITERATURE AND FILM from series Cinema Characters

MAIN STAGE

MAIN STAGE In 1983, an aircraft on a flight from Tbilisi to Batumi

figure among the generation of 1860-s. He was a poet,

was hijacked to run away from the Soviet Union.

writer, publicist, translator, political and public figure,

Seven young people, mostly painters and artists,

and the leader of the National Liberation Movement.

participated in the process. They managed to board

Chavchavadze was murdered by socialist activists in

the plane with ammunition and firearms, demanding

1907. The translator Kristiane Lichtenfeld, discuss the

that the plane landed in Turkey. The court sentenced

translation process and highlights author’s literary work.

each surviving hijacker to death, except for the only

Moderator: Viktor Kalinke

TBILISI. ARCHIVE OF TRANSITION from series History in Retrospect SMALL STAGE Photo book Tbilisi. Archive of Transition - Ambitious building projects and foreign investments are constantly

female member of the group. Dato Turashvili’s novel Jeans Generation (2001), which has been a bestseller in Georgia since the day of its publication; Zaza Rusadze’s documentary called Bandits (2003); and Rezo Gigineishvili’s feature film Hostages, based on a screenplay by Lasha Bughadze (2017). The writers and the director shall discuss their perception of this tragic event, its depiction in their works.

changing the original sight / look of the city. Such

Speakers: Dato Turashvili, Lasha Bugadze, Zaza

practically ruthless urban development is an issue

Rusadze

of ongoing debates: what should be preserved, and

Moderator: Lasha Bakradze

what may undergo alterations? What can be sold, and what should be deemed as public property? Urban developers, architects, and civil activists discuss their views and the meaning of such changes, including the subsequent impact of alterations on the sight of the city. Texts are accompanied with image printed materials and photo-essays.

SEA – LONGING. EVERYDAY LIFE IN GEORGIA from series Art and Literature SMALL STAGE Diving into Georgia. Like everywhere else, people, houses, trees, shops and many other things surround

The book was published and the event is organized

us. Everything is shaped by everyday life that has a

with support of Goethe-Institut Georgien

little attention. Artist Tutu Kiladze and writer Gaga

Book Presentation Publisher: Niggli Verlag Publishing Speakers: Coauthors Wato Tsereteli, Sebastian

Nakhutsrishvili pay attention to this everyday life with their fragmented approach and transform it into poetic trails through dreams.

Pranz, Klaus Neuburg

Speakers: Gaga Nakhutsrishvili,

Moderator: Stefan Wackwitz

Vladimer Velminsky Moderator: Jonas Löffler October 13

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Ilia Chavchavadze (1837-1907) is the most influential

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Lasha Bakradze about ILIA CHAVCHAVADZE

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TBILISI CHATBOT – CITY GUIDE AS AN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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“PAPA WAS A TROLLINGSTONE” from series Playing with Sounds

from series Discover Georgia SMALL STAGE

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Speakers shall present their project – Tbilisi Chatbot.

Zura Rtveliashvili’s musical performances concern

Chatbots change the experience of buyer-seller

political, cultural, and existential problems, and they

communication. The city – the artificial intelligence

may be perceived as not only social, cultural, or political

- is an independent guide, which interacts with the

criticism but also as the reflection of problems of

visitor itself, and introduces itself through online-

contemporary literature. Parallel involvement of other

interviews or chats.

artists makes these performances more impressive.

Event Language: English

Musicians, for example, take the performance to a

Speakers: Zura Jishkariani, Sandro Asatiani

different, more vibrating space; similar collaborations with the performer often give birth to unusual and exquisite artistic ritual. Such act of shamanism naturally erases all boundaries between the artists and the audience. Erekle Deisadze, a well known Georgian writer and artist of younger generation, will join Zura Rtveliashvili in this performance, adding his usual energy and charm to the show.

Participants: Zurab Rtveliashvili (Author), Erekle Deisadze (Author und Musician), Kave Mohamad Sharif (Musician)

17:00-19:00

HAPPY HOUR Masterknot LIVE MAIN STAGE Masterknot is an ambient-electronic music project, founded by David Datunashvili, Irakli Abramishvili and Gigi Jikia in 2017. Their first album “9-15” was released in October 2017 on cassette and digital audio formats.

After Happy Hours: ELECTRONICMUSIC by HVL - Gigi Jikia October 13


PAVILION PROGRAM 10:00-10:30

11:00-11:30

Kote Jandieri

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ROYAL MARY by Abo Iashagashvili

October

from series Georgian Characters

from series Early Birds MAIN STAGE

MAIN STAGE

Abo Iashaghashvili’s Royal-Mary is an adventurous

Kote Jandieri is not a prolific writer; he does not write

novel about the 19th century Tbilisi, and it is filled with

novels, preferring instead the genre of story. In 2009,

allusions and historical references. It is the author’s

he combined his works in a single collection, which

second book written as part of the cycle in that same

earned him Saba, the most prestigious of Georgian

genre. The author seems to be well aware of the

Literary awards. Faithful readers usually have to wait for

environment of that time, and he constructs a brilliant

the arrival of his new works for a long time. However,

image of the environment and reality of the city. The

since 1980-s, each of his stories have never failed to

book was awarded Saba Literary prize for the best

attract great attention, becoming popular upon their

novel of 2015.

publication. He employs humour to write psychological

Moderator: Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili

prose with eccentric and unusual characters. Jandieri’s latest story, Globalization, is an irony towards those who have either entirely negative or entirely positive

10:30-11:00

attitude towards these processes. Kote Jandieri is also a screenwriter, and many Georgian movies have

Lia Likokeli & Salome Benidze from series Bittere Bonbons MAIN STAGE

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been based on his screenplays. Jandieri takes great interest in environmental protection and considers it his major activity. Moderator: Barbara Lehnerer

Literary works of Lia Liqokeli, saturated with forgotten mythical images, invites her reader to magical world, telling the stories of mountains that are far away from cities, of remote villages and roads. Out of the folklore and fairy-tale world, she manages to make a sense of the fate of women, to speak of painful themes. The main heroines of Salome Benidze’ s prose are brave, independent, strong women, who fall in love, make decisions and dare to be responsible for their own lives. Moderator: Barbara Weidle

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11:30-12:00

12:00-12:30

ACCOMPANYING SOULS

JEANSGENERATION

from series Taming of Literature

from series 100 Years

MAIN STAGE

MAIN STAGE

The well-known Georgian writer, essayist, and translator

Seven young adults from the middle of society no longer

Dato Barbakadze presents five authors from XX century:

want to come to terms with the injustice of the Soviet

Shota Chantladze, Tamaz Badzagua, Badri Gugushvili,

reality. They develop a plan to bring them freedom.

Esma Oniani and Guram Asatiani. These authors

Thus, in 1983, the attempt of young people to divert

are still genuine today, but most of them met with

an airplane on their way from Tbilisi to Leningrad to

fierce criticism in the Soviet period or should work

Turkey failed. There was a silence for decades on this

under the pressure. Speakers: Zaal Andronikaschwili,

central event, although all Georgians knew the sad fate

Andreas Rรถtzer

of the kidnappers and many identified with them. It

Speaker: Dato Barbakadze Moderator: Tilman Spreckelsen Organizer: Konrad Adenauer Foundation

was Dato Turashvili, the voice of his generation, who brought the story back to light. Speaker: Dato Turaschwili Moderator: Stefan Weidle

THE BEST DECORATED BOOKSHOP from series Award Ceremonies & Competitions SMALL STAGE A competition has been held in the context of the bookshop campaign. Until the end of September booksellers were given the task to submit pictures of their Georgian-inspired decorations of book shop windows or promotional displays. The most beautiful host country bookshops will win a three-day trip (3 nights and 4 days) to Tiflis, the capital of Georgia. The trip is sponsored by the Georgian National Book Center. The winners of this competition will be announced in the Georgian Pavilion. Participants: Medea Metreveli, Director of the Georgian National Book Center, Catherine Knauf, Literaturtest

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12:30-13:00

13:00-13:30

Lia Sturua Giorgi Lobzhanidze

from series Ex-Libris

from series Voices:Poetry

MAIN STAGE

Georgian Pavilion

Nino Haratischwili’s THE CAT AND THE GENERAL

MAIN STAGE Lia Sturua made her entry into Georgian poetry in

Georgian origin, who is one of the outstanding authors

the early 1960s, showing a mastery of free verse,

in contemporary German literature and enjoys equal

which has its origins in Georgian early hymnography.

popularity in Georgia. Nino Haratischwili is also, an

The fundamental characteristic of her poetry is an

award-winning playwright and director. She translates

inner monologue and a flow of associations, which

from Georgian into German, brings young authors from

is accompanied by countless lyrical moods and

Georgia and Germany together and builds bridges

impulses. Today she is seen as a monolithic figure

between these two countries. Her award-winning

in Georgian literary space, and her influence on the

novel Eighth Life for Brilka is a centennial family drama

development of Georgian poetry is now undeniable.

set against the background of the historical tragedy

Giorgi Lobzhanidze’s attitude to life, with its brutality

of Georgia. Her new novel The Cat and the General is

and its beauty, is expressed by sad characteristic

a suspenseful, psychologically profound novel about

touches, fused with ironical, sometimes even parodied

the war in the countries and in the heads, about the

features. A rich vocabulary, deep poetic thinking and

longing for peace and redemption.

intellectual experience all together creates his poetry,

Moderator: Anna Engel

which at first sight is modest but at the same time deep, multi-coloured, varied and contemporary, free from any pathetic elements.

Nikoloz Baratashvili & Galaktion Tabidze TWO MASTERS OF POETRY

TRANSLATION PROCESSES

from series Lyric Georgia I

from series Translator Speaks

SMALL STAGE

Moderator: Dirk Hülstrunk

SMALL STAGE

This series, which presents contemporary Georgian

The series will be completed by poetry – Nana

authors, also discusses two greatest figures of Geor-

Chighladze and Sabine Schiffner have worked in

gian poetry. Nikoloz Baratashvili is the most important

tandem to translate the works of many Georgian

figure of Georgian romanticism, while Galaktion Tabidze

poets of various complexity and aesthetic principles.

is the major figure of Georgian symbolism. Their entire

Maia Tabukashvili has also translated the texts of

art had significant influence on the development and

contemporary Georgian authors, both poetry and prose.

the present image of Georgian poetry. Baratashvili’s poems gained wide recognition and fame only posthumously. Galaktion Tabidze, however, was called the King

Participants: Nana Chigladse, Sabine Schiffner Moderator: Nana Chigladse

of Poetry in Georgia immediately upon the publication of the Artistic Flowers, his debut collection of poems. Participant: Alexander Kartozia Moderator: Christoph Haacker October 14

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FRIENDSHIP, LOVE, RAGE: GEORGIAN NATIONAL EPIC POEM FROM GERMAN VIEW from series Thinking Georgia

15:30-16:00

HANDOVER CEREMONY from series Get Together

MAIN STAGE

MAIN STAGE Artist Kat Menschik, author Tilman Spreckelsen,

The Handover Ceremony is the closing event at the

and publisher Wolfgang Hörner travelled in Georgia

Guest of Honour pavilion.Each year, the specially

for a week in the summer of 2017 on the trail of the

designed „GuestScroll“ is enriched by another literary

Georgian national epic poem, Shota Rustaveli’s The

quote and handed over to the next Guest of Honour.

Knight in the Panther’s Skin. This journey resulted in

The moderated talk of two authors – Zurab Karumidze

Spreckelsen narrating the work, Menschik illustrating

from Georgia and Åsne Seierstad from Norway-, will

it, and Hörner publishing it in his Galiani Publishers.

be followed by the handover of the GuestScroll from

Tilman Spreckelsen and Wolfgang Hörner introduce

Georgia to Norway. The event closes with a musical

Der Held im Pardelfell.

performance from Norway with the trio Mathias Eick,

Speaker: Wolfgang Hörner, Abo Iaschagashvili Moderator: Tilman Spreckelsen

Kjetil Bjerkestrand, Herborg Kråkevik. Participants: Zurab Karumidze, Åsne Seierstad,Medea Metreveli, Margit Walsø,

Andro Buachidze Gaga Nakhutsrishvili

Halldór Guðmundsson, Juergen Boos

from series Lyric Georgia II

Organizer: Frankfurter Buchmesse in

SMALL STAGE lyrical melancholy of Andro Buachidze, as usual, finds its echo on the pavements of the suburbs of Tbilisi. His verse-libres written in ninteen-nintees reflect the gloom of the social environment meanwhile his rhymed poems are overflown by provincial sadness.Lyric of Gaga Nakhutsrishvili is transparent and sincere. Sadness that pierce through his poetry is eternal sadness but the subjects and images of the poems themselves are tightly connected to the real stories and persons. Moderator: Keti Megrelishvili

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FOLLOW THE LITERARY SERIES AT NATIONAL STAND

Organized by Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association The status of the Georgian national stand takes a very significant scale in the context of the Guest of Honour project and is the main platform for Georgian publishing professionals. The stand will exhibit books of approximately 40 Georgian publishers and will offer them space for business meetings. During 3 working days there will be business-breakfasts and business-lunches held at the stand. Stage of the national stand - main platform for GOH publishing program will present more than 40 events with participation of more than 70 Georgian and international authors and literary professionals.


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From 10 to 12 October, Business Breakfast opens the Publishing Program of the National Stand at Frankfurter Buchmesse. Business Breakfast is the platform that enables Georgian publishers to meet and form business relationships with representatives of publishing industry from a variety of countries in an informal environment. First 30 minutes are allocated to 4 to 5 Georgian publishers to present and discuss authors and books in individual short-length (2 to 4 minutes) presentations. The remaining time of 30 minutes is intended for conversations.Business Breakfast platform has different target audiences and focal points each day to enable Georgian publishers properly define their priorities.

DISCOVER NEW TITLES 10-13 October 10:00-10:30

Within the framework of the series New Titles, Georgian Publishers, along with Georgian authors, shall present new books by these same authors, which have not been translated yet. The books shall be introduced to foreign publishers in prospect of their future translation in various languages, or subsequent publication in foreign countries.

THE DESTINY OF THE GEORGIAN BOOK TODAY AND TOMORROW 10-13 October 10:30-11:00

The series covers discussions among the representatives of those organizations that work in literary and publishing industries. Discussion topics shall concern the history of the development of this industry in Georgia, its present and future, including the place of Georgia on the literary map of the world, and international collaboration between Georgia and various foreign organizations that work in the field of literature or cultural activities, in general.

CONTEMPORARIES 10-13 October 11:00-11:30

Within the framework of the series New Titles, Georgian Publishers, along with Georgian authors, shall present new books by these same authors, which have not been translated yet. The books shall be introduced to foreign publishers in prospect of their future translation in various languages, or subsequent publication in foreign countries.

Hall 5.0,B100

10-12 October 09:00-10:00

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GEORGIA MADE BY 33 CHARACTERS 10-13 October 11:30-12:00

Events in this series cover Georgian culture and the history of its development, namely those aspects and issues that form Georgian Characters, in the context of Georgian personality, emotional type, history, politics, art, literature, and culture, in general. In this series, Georgian publishers and authors will present books on the following issues: the history of Georgian alphabet, the first democratic republic of Georgia, visual arts, literature, and the Georgian book.

LITERARY BRIDGES 10-13 October 12:00-12:30

In this series, Georgian and foreign participants will present the results and consequences of literary collaboration – translation projects, collections, academic publications, etc. The series aims at the demonstration of those relationships that Georgian literature and book sector has with world literature and book sector.

PUBLISHERS SPEAK 10-13 October 12:30-13:00

At the events held within the framework of this Series, Georgian publishers discuss selected issues that are of special interest or significance to them, including their projects, aims, and objectives. The discussions concern various topics, whether it is the authors, general competence and experience in publishing industry, or any particular edition.

BUSINESS LUNCHES CULINARY BOOK PRESENTATIONS 10-12 October 13:00-14:00

On the 10th, 11th, and 12th of October, Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association hosts business lunch events at the national stand. First 30 minutes of the lunch events are allocated to the presentation of several Georgian culinary books by their authors and publishers. Professionals and experts of the publishing industry from various countries are invited to attend the lunch. Georgian publishers will be able to communicate with their foreign colleagues during the lunch, in the informal circumstances.

CON(TEXT) 10-13 October 14:00-14:30

The Con(Text) Series presents literary texts and authors within those particular social and cultural contexts that have been partially conditioned and shaped by several processes in recent history of Georgia - development of Georgian publishing industry and emergence of new authors, establishment of democracy and freedom of speech, etc.


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GEORGIA IN WORLD CONTEXT Georgia through the eyes of a German writer, and a Georgian diplomat; translation process in Georgia, which is intended for the popularization of Georgian literature abroad‌ A number of perspectives vary within this Series but all of them are centred on the common theme of understanding the place of a small country like Georgia in the vast political, cultural, and literary scene

TURNING POINTS OF GEORGIAN LITERATURE 10-13 October 15:30-16:00

This series presents the most important works of Georgian literature. The events shall include the following: the beginning of the history of Georgian Literature, its further development, and a chronological review of the present events; also the understanding of literary texts in their original and contemporary contexts.

SUBTITLES 10-13 October 16:00-16:30

Events taking place either on stage or on the screen are followed by subtitles. In truth, however, these subtitles are what gave birth to these stories, which were brought to life afterwards in such manner. The series shall present the authors who write either for screen or for stage. Much of their writing comes to life either in the cinema or in the theatre, while some texts may still be waiting for their time to come.

Hall 5.0,B100

of the world.

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Hall 5.0, B100

NATIONAL STAND 08:45-09:00

October

10:30-11:00

OFFICIAL OPENING OF GEORGIAN NATIONAL STAND AND LAUNCH OF THE PUBLISHING PROGRAM

4 LITERARY STORIES

Working language of the events at the Georgian

Writers’ House of Georgia is a venue open to various

National Stand – English (with few exceptions)

literary activities, and it conducts variety of projects,

from series The Destiny of the Georgian book – Today and Tomorrow

including Tbilisi International Festival of Literature.

09:00-10:00

Business Breakfast THE BRIDGE

Tbilisi International Book Festival has been held annually for already 20 years. The festival unites Tbilisi book fair, various literary events, and book presentations for readers of all ages. Georgian National Book Centre organizes literary forum-dialogues, presentations,

Within the format of this particular Business Break-

meetings, and panel discussions for Georgian and

fast, Georgian publishers shall host publishers from

foreign publishers, literary agents and translators. Saba

Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Georgian and Ger-

Literary Award was established in 2003 by TBC Bank

man publishing industries have already been collab-

and Pen Centre of Georgia. The aim of the award is to

orating on various occasions. This event aims at the

identify best books and authors in various categories.

enhancement of the existing business relationships,

Speakers: Natalia Lomouri, Medea

and the formation of new ones.

Metreveli, Rati Amaghlobeli Moderator: Tinatin Beriashvili

10:00–10:30 11:00-11:30

CHEWING DAWNS SUGAR-FREE by Zura Jishkariani from series Discover New Titles Chewing Dawns Sugar-free belongs to cyber-punk

FALLING APART by Davit Gabunia from series Contemporaries

genre. The book tells the story of a digital world

Falling Apart - family life of Zura and Tina seems to

apocalypse that takes place due to certain algorithm

be flowing smoothly, in a perfect routine. In the hot

errors. As the clergy is trying to hack the reality to put

summer however, the idyll is turned upside down when

an end to the process, a group of ‘travellers’ begins its

other people enter their everyday life.

journey with an intention to free and save the Messiah caught in the digital world. Publisher: Sulakauri Publishing Speakers: Zura Jishkariani Moderator: Mikheil Tsikhelashvili October 10

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11:30 - 12:00

from series Georgia Made by 33 Characters Book Presentation

THE EIGHTH LIFE (FOR BRILKA) by Nino Kharatishvili from series Literary Bridges The publishers and Nino Haratischwili will talk about

The chapters of this book tell various tales of literacy,

the reader’s reception of the author both in Germany

reading, and books in Georgia since the ancient

and in Georgia; The speakers will discuss the specific

times until today. These tales include the following:

nature of translation process when the author actually

the myth of the Golden Fleece; the oldest Georgian

knows the language of translation; expectation of the

inscriptions; first Georgian press and printed books;

Georgian reader from the book that describes a Geor-

literary salons of the 19th century; Georgian futurists;

gian family saga over the course of a hundred years,

Georgian nominee of the Nobel Prize; Literary Bohemia

while also bringing life into a number of significant

of Old Tbilisi; banned books; underground publications

events and occurrences from the history of Georgia.

and “samizdats” of the Soviet period; the erotic book; literary orders, etc.

Presentation of the novel’s Georgian translation and the overview of

Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Associations

the publishing collaboration

Speaker: Gaga Lomidze

Publishers: Frankfurter Verlagsantsalt,

Moderator: Gvantsa Jobava

Intelekti Publishing Speakers: Nino Haratischwili, Gvantsa Jobava

33 EMOTIONS by Ekaterine Togonidze 33 Emotions is a contemporary version of ancient Praise and Exaltation of the Georgian Language. It is a combination of documentary texts and fiction, and an illustrated anthology, which aims to draw the reader’s attention to the Georgian language and its alphabet. The book is a product of collaboration between writer Ekaterina Togonidze and painter Rusudan Petviashvili.

Moderator: Joachim Unseld

12:30- 13:00

SMALL PUBLISHING HOUSES IN GEORGIA from series Publishers Speak

Palitra L Publishing

Publishers and representatives from three Georgian

Speakers: Ekaterine Togonidze,

publishing houses, established at various periods,

R. Michael Cowgill

shall discuss the features of Georgian publishing

Moderator: Maia Aludauri

industry, and the specific nature of small publishing businesses, including their experience, interests, development prospects and opportunities, challenges, and achievements. Speakers: Poezia Press – Natalia Alkhazishvili Remedas – Giorgi Ardazian Creative Angel Publishing - Irakli Beridze Moderator: Barbara Weidle

October 10

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33 TALES OF THE GEORGIAN BOOK by Gaga Lomidze

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13:00-14:00

BE MY GUEST and UNTAMED by Ana Saldadze from series Business Lunches – Culinary Book Presentations

14:00- 14:30

GEORGIA AS SEEN FROM THE STREETS OF BERLIN & TOURIST’S BREAKFAST by Zaza Burchuladze from series Con(Text)

Be My Guest – the Georgian Recipe for Cooking

Zaza Burchuladze is a scandalous Georgian author,

Success tells the story of several prominent Georgian

who writes in the genre of satire and employs the

expatriates who, thanks to their professional skills,

narrative style of stream-of-consciousness. Currently,

used food and hospitality as a universal language

Burchuladze lives in Germany, and he is one of the

that made all barriers fall. The authors have carefully

widely read authors of the country. Burchuladze and his

selected recipes made by Georgian celebrities living

publishers will present his final novel, which was written

abroad, including George Balanchine, the founder

after his emigration to Germany: Tourist’s Breakfast

of the New York City Ballet; Prince Bagration, the

is a book of images, details, and personalities. The

illustrious general of the Napoleonic Wars; the «Marrying

author wanders through the streets of Berlin, reflecting

Mdivani” siblings; amongst others. This book of exquisite

on his past life in Georgia as viewed from within the

photographs is the finest illustration yet of Georgia’s

context of German cultural space.

unique cuisine. Containing not only superb images of the already prepared dishes, it also explains how to cook them. In addition, it offers the true spirit of cooking with stories and essays on the subjects of Tamada tradition (toasting), cookery, and techniques to enchant your guest. Untamed - On the southern slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, on the current territory of Georgia, archaeological findings have confirmed that men have been making wine as early as 6000 years B.C. Nowhere else has a culture and history of a nation been so closely linked to that of vine than in Georgia. Untamed is an invitation to discover that unique relationship between Georgian people and their wine; to explore the different grape varieties and the joyful philosophy of life of a small nation that has much to offer to the world. Publishers: Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, Leopold Stocker Verlag Speakers: Ana Saldadze, Tina Mamulashvili Moderator: Wolfgang Dvorak-Stocker

October 10

Publishers: Sulakauri Publishing, Aufbau Verlag Speakers: Zaza Burchuladze, Tina Mamulashvili Moderator: Constanze Neumann


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15:00 -15:30

DISSCUSION WITH AUTHOR Basa Janikashvili from series Subtitles

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GEORGIAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION 2010-2018: Experience, Challenges, Perspectives

16:00-16:30

from series Georgia in World Context Basa Janikashvili is one of the most important and

is quite a challenge, and the same is true of Georgian

well-known dramaturge of the country. Many of his

literature as well. Representatives of the National

plays have been and are being performed throughout

Book Centre will discuss their own experience of the

Georgia. German audience is aware of him since 2010

difficult path and achieved results. Over the course

with an excerpt from his novel Absurdistan included

of the past 8 years, more than 300 publications in

into the anthology Georgian Contemporary Literature

more than 35 foreign languages were prepared for

published by Reichert Verlag. His play Angry Bird was

Frankfurter Buchmesse.

performed at the Staatstheater NĂźrnberg in 2015.

Speakers: Medea Metreveli, Rostom Chkeidze

15:30- 16:00

The author talks about his work and the role of the theatre in Georgia. Speakers: Manana Tandaschwili

SHUSHANIK AS THE ORIGIN from series Turning Points of Georgian Literature The Martyrdom of Queen Shushanik is a text of major significance not only due to the fact that it is the oldest surviving piece of Georgian literature, which was written in the fifth century, but also because this small text is a wonderful novel in a certain sense. It includes a game of passions, great love, and great betrayal, an eternal story of the woman and the man. A single wrong step results into a clash and conflict of interests between two strong personalities. The book goes beyond the limitations of hagiography. The book includes brilliant dialogues, details of everyday life, descriptions of nature, and unforgettable characters. Modern Georgian reader has no difficulty in reading the original of this text that was composed so many centuries ago, fining many familiar words and breathtaking metaphors. The German translation by Elene Amashukeli is equally pleasant and wonderful. Speakers: Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili Moderator: Barbara Lehnerer

October 10

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NATIONAL STAND 09:00-10:00

Business Breakfast TOGETHER FOR YOUNG READERS

October

10:30-11:00

CHATBOTS AND THE ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS OF BOOKS from series The Destiny of the Georgian book – Today and Tomorrow

This event focuses on the publishers of children’s

Zura Jishkariani and Sandro Asatiani will discuss how

literature from various countries. Guest publishers

modern technology and artificial intelligence change

are not limited to particular geographical areas. Over

and modify the future of storytelling. Books shall

this business breakfast, children’s book publishers

continue their existence in various forms. Imagine

from Georgia shall introduce their projects and

that, one day, books may become living, interactive

publications to the foreign colleagues through short-

data bodies, with an ability of direct communication

length presentations. Besides, the meeting provides an

with the reader. Chatbots may entirely change the way

opportunity for Georgian publishers to learn about the

we think about reading and acquaintance with books.

experience, competence, and innovations in the industry from the representatives of other countries, and, at the same time, form new relationships / partnerships in

Speaker: Sandro Asatiani Moderator: Zura Jishkariani

prospect of collaboration, and joint projects in the future.

11:00 -11:30 10:00–10:30

LIFE WITH THE DEFINITE ARTICLE by Mariam Tsereteli from series Discover New Titles

THE THIRD SHORE by Luka Bakanidze from series Contemporaries The Third Shore is a strange, unknown land, the world

Life with the Definite Article is Mariam Tsereteli’s

that is both, very distant and extremely close to us. The

first novel. The main character is a girl with cancer/

novel depicts places inhabited by beggars and homeless

oncological disease, who travels abroad. Events that

people, the lords of underground passageways,

occur during her journey come to be associated with

abandoned parks, and the darkest corners of the

the most complex issues of the contemporary world.

city. As the novel progresses, the shore – the dirty,

The book deals with problematic and actual issues,

sinful, and evil land of savage, mad, and uncontrolled

including religious fanaticism, and cruelty committed

desires, begins to unveil itself as a place of unravished

in the name of gods.

innocence, delicacy, excitement, and sacred values,

Publisher: Publishing House Pegasi

thus being wonderfully close to the Maker

Speaker: Mariam Tsereteli

Publisher: Palitra L, Klak Verlag

Moderator: Nini Tavkhelidze

Speakers: Luka Baqanidze, Maia Aludauri Moderator: Jörg Becken

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12:00-12:30

from series Georgia Made by 33 Characters

from series Literary Bridges

The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution,

Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili will read from her book

1918-1921 by Eric Lee has already been a subject of

Who killed Chaika? Typical for her style is that there

30 articles and reviews, with some of them printed

is a profound story behind the crime story. She will be

in influential publications, including the New York

accompanied by the German writer Claudia Rusch,

Times. The Experiment discusses Georgia as the first

who was a guest of the Goethe-Institut Georgia for four

country, where social-democratic party came to power

weeks as part of the “Literary Lighthouses” project.

through elections. The author attempts to imagine

She’ll read from her travel impressions.

and contemplate on what the social-democratic state might have looked like had it not been destroyed by the Bolsheviks. The book also analyses the context and the background for the establishment of the first Georgian republic (1918-1921), including the story of the short-lived Guria Republic in 1905 that preceded the formation of the independent state in 1918. One

Reading/Talk Event Language: German Speakers: Ana KordzaiaSamadashvili, Claudia Rusch Moderator: Stephan Wackwitz Organizer of the event: Goethe-Institut Georgia

chapter is entirely devoted to the visit of the Second International leaders to Georgia, 1920.

12:30-13:00

Book Presentation Publishers: Poezia Press, ZED Books Speakers: Eric Lee, Natalia Alhazishvili, Renata Kasprzak

WHIRLWIND OF ORANGE DANDELIONS from series Publishers speak

Moderator: Dr. Kay Schweigmann-Greve The novel follows the everyday life and reality of a trauma therapist, while also assembling a large mosaic of the life in Georgia by combining personal stories of her patients, friends, and relatives. The author manages to construct a powerful narrative concerning the victims of sexual or physical abuse, and unveils / unmasks the cultural camouflage that taboos the problems of violence in the society. The author shall discuss how her experience as a psychologist and therapist helped her to write the novel. Book Presentation Publishers: Siesta Publishing, Residenz Verlag Speakers: Tamar Tandashvili, Ketevan Kighuradze Moderator: Jessica Beer

October 11

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LITERARY LIGHTHOUSES Meeting of Authors

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SAVORING GEORGIA: A PERSONAL JOURNEY THROUGH TIME AND TASTE by Rusudan Gorgiladze from series Business Lunches – Culinary Book Presentations

14:00-14:30

20 YEARS WITH THREE AUTHORS BAKUR SULAKAURI PUBLISHING AND ITS AUTHORS from series Con(Text)

This book is the first to discuss the cuisine and festive

In 2018, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing shall be celebrat-

traditions of Georgia in the context of world culinary

ing 20 years of collaboration with three most famous

culture. In order to identify the unique “Georgian fla-

Georgian authors: Aka Morchiladze, Lasha Bugadze,

vour”, the author discusses it in contrast with other

and Dato Turashvili. Tina Mamulashvili, CEO of Bakur

flavours and tastes. The book takes us on a journey

Sulakauri Publishing, together with the three authors,

through time and space, as the stories that concern

will discuss the details of this collaboration at this

the introduction of various food products and spices

meeting, focusing on the importance and necessity

to Georgia come from various periods throughout the

of sound business relationship / partnership between

history of the world. This is not a cookbook (although

writers and publishers.

it has some representative recipes), but is an exciting armchair journey through time and space as we follow the trail of the basic foodstuffs and spices used in Georgia to create this ‘flavour’. This book is lavishly

Speakers: Aka Morchiladze, Lasha Bugadze, Dato Turashvili Moderator: Tina Mamulashvili

illustrated, and it is written in popular fiction style. Book Presentation Book Presentation Publishers: Cezanne Publishing House, Conte Verlag Speakers: Rusudan Gorgiladze, Stefan Wirtz Moderator: Alxeander Kartozia

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THE FORGOTTEN MIDPOINT OF THE WORLD. ON THE WAY BETWEEN TBILISI, BAKU, AND YEREVAN from series Georgia in World Context In his multi-layer travel essays on Georgia and its neighbouring countries Armenia and Azerbaijan, Stephan Wackwitz provides deep insights into the transformation of this region 20 years after its independence from the Soviet Union. He takes a look at familiar and unfamiliar things, urban architecture and landscapes, and art and history, combining them in an original and entertaining manner. The interview with the author will be conducted by Ulla Lenze. Speaker: Stephan Wackwitz Moderator: Ulla Lenze

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RUSTAVELI IN TRANSLATION from series Turning Points of Georgian Literature

Hall 5.0,B100

Shota Rustaveli’s 12th century epic the Knight in the Panther’s Skin is one of those immortal texts in world literature that never loses significance, and remains actively published in various languages and various forms – poems, narrative, or graphic novels. Speakers will present the English and Georgian translations of the Knight in the Panther Skin; also, a Bibliography of the Editions of the Knight in the Panther Skin by Cezanne Publishing House, which depicts the complete odyssey of various editions of Rustaveli’s magnum opus. Publishers: Cezanne Publishing House, Reichert Verlag Speakers: Lyn Coffin, Ana Gogokhia, Ursula Reichert Moderator: Lela Dumbadze

16:00-16:30

DISSCUSION WITH AUTHOR Tamri Fkhakadze from series Subtitles The works of Tamri Fkhakadze have been performed in certain number of theatres in Georgia. The Vegetable Growing in Zone of War is one of them, the play that had special success on the scenes of four Georgian cities. For Robinson, the protagonist of the play, his tiny plot of land is mirroring whole homeland. Since conflict started, he understands that his roots are much deeper in this land than he could ever imagine. It’s being planned to make a movie adaptation out of this play. Moderator: Mario Pschera

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Hall 5.0, B100

NATIONAL STAND 09:00-10:00

Business Breakfast MIX & MATCH

October

10:00-10:30

ADOBE GODMAKER P. Shamugia PERSONAL JESUS T. Dolenjashvili from series Discover New Titles

The event focuses on publishers from the following

Adobe Godmaker is a political and psychological

countries: Canada, Finland, Flanders & Netherlands,

drama. Tamara’s phone is stolen during her stay in

Italy, Norway, and Spain. At this international meeting,

New York. Upon return to Georgia, she sees a photo of

Georgian publishers shall be able to make present

a young Arab boy uploaded on her Dropbox account,

their projects. Some of the above-mentioned countries

immediately realizing that he was the thief. Tamara’s

have already been the Guests of Honour at Frankfurter

laptop begins to host the video blogs by the future

Buchmesse, while others shall be in the future, after

terrorist. Ismail recounts the story of his life in these

2018. Georgia, the Guest of Honour in 2018, is a kind

videos. Subsequently, Tamara’s life changes entirely.

of an intermediate between them. The publishers

Personal Jesus is a collection of four stories with

shall share their experience and expectations of being

alternating nostalgic, aggressive, and apocalyptic

Guests of Honour.

moods. The book combines a number of issues, including the following: the longing for the village idyll; inability of security services to stop terrorist attacks, destroying the lives of innocent people in the process; a woman’s dream of motherhood, hindered and made impossible due to the contradiction by her husband, society, and state legislation. Publisher: Intelekti Publishing Speakers: Paata Shamugia, Teona Dolenjashvili Moderator: Gvantsa Jobava

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ROYAL MARY by Abo Iashaghashvili

National Stand

DISCUSSION ABOUT PUBLISHING PROGRAMS OF 3 GUEST OF HONOUR COUNTRIES

11:00-11:30

from series Contemporaries

from series The Destiny of the Georgian book – Today and Tomorrow Royal Mary continues the tradition of the adventurous

event shall discuss the significance of the Guest of

cycles of the 19th century Tbilisi begun by the previous

Honour publishing program at Frankfurter Buchmesse,

novel the Ottoman March. The novel is filled with the

and active involvement of publishers within this program,

allusions and historical references / events. Mysterious

which has become one of the most acute issues of

disappearance of a racehorse from Alikhanov’s stables

recent years. Representatives of the Finnish, Georgian,

attracts the attention of Louis Albrais, a descendant

and Norwegian Guest of Honour projects shall discuss

of the French Dukes of Aquitaine. In his pursuit of the

their experience, implementation of this year’s program,

thieves / criminals, Albrais comes across several dead

and future expectations, focusing on those benefits

bodies. The murders seem to be ordered by the German

that the program provides for publishers.

and British intelligence services. Disappearance of the

Speakers: Gvantsa Jobava (GPBA), Tiia Stranden (FILI), Margit Walso (NORLA)

horse proves to be a small part of the large game, which is followed by occurrence of many unexpected events…

Georgia: Georgian Publishers and

Publishers: Diogene Publishers, Fototapeta

Booksellers Association (GPBA)

Speakers: Abo Iashaghashvili, Zaza Shengelia

Finland: Finnish Literature Exchange (FILI)

Moderator: Andreas Rostek

Norway: Norwegian Literature Abroad (NORLA) Moderator: Simone Bühler (Frankfurter Buchmesse)

October 12

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GEORGIAN-GERMAN ACADEMIC COLLABORATION from series Literary Bridges

12:30-13:00

Novels by Zaira Arsenishvili TESTIMONY OF SOVIET REPRESSIONS from series Publishers speak

Berlin Centre for Literary and Cultural Research is

Zaira Arsenishvili came from a family that suffered

the only scientific institution in Germany that has

repression during the Soviet period. She witnessed

been studying the literature and culture of Georgia

the events of the Great Purge of 1937. The novel tells

in recent years. The centre and Ilia State University

of the period after the Soviet invasion in Georgia, which

have collaborated successfully for more than 10 years:

began in 1921, subsequent to the establishment of the

5 research projects have been conducted, and five

Bolshevik rule. The narrative, however, is not a piece of

books were published, two of which are monographs

documentary prose, and the above-mentioned events

concerning Georgia. University rector Giga Zedania and

are fictionalized. The author and her works shall be

Eva Geulen, the director of the Centre for Literary and

discussed by publisher Maka Kasradze and director

Culture Research will discuss the past collaboration,

Lana Ghoghoberidze, has previously collaborated with

future projects, and present the following monographs:

Zaira Arsenishvili on various screenplays.

Kandna(h)me Georgien. Studien zur kulturellen Semantik (Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2018) – authors: Zaal Andronikashvili , Emzar Jgerenaia, Franziska Thun Hohenstein; Sonniges Georgien. Figurationen des

Publishers: Zebra Publishing Speaker: Lana Ghoghoberidze Moderator: Mariam Kasradze

Nationalen im Sowjetimperium (Kulturverlag Kadmos, Berlin 2015) – authors: Giorgi Maisuradze, Franziska

13:00-14:00

Thun-Hohenstein. Speakers will also present another academic edition: Modernization in Georgia: Theories, Discourses and Realities (Editor: Giga Zedania). (Peter Lang, Bern / Berlin, 2018. Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe, vol. 17).

PREDICTION WITH JAM by Diana Anfimiadi from series Business Lunches – Culinary Book Presentations The main concept of Fortune Telling with Jam is centred on three components: taste, memory, and literature.

Speaker: Eva Geulen, Giga Zedania

Autobiographical accounts, historical narrative, and

Moderator: Zaal Andronikashvili

culinary shades of the world’s literary masterpieces, social and political themes, literary criticism, and linguistic quests combine with cooking recipes, many of which have been lost in the flow of time, and, thus, have to be read and cooked anew. The book is illustrated by Mariam Gugushvili. Book Presentation Publishers: Books in Batumi Publishing, Wieser Verlag. Speakers: Diana Anfimiadi, Mariam Korinteli Moderator: Erika Hornbogner

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from series Con(Text)

Otar Tschiladse HISTORY OF GEORGIAN FOLK’S SPIRIT from series Turning Points of Georgian Literature Otar Chiladze, a classic of world literature who was

Georgian queer literature – he will tell the audience

twice nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature,

of his own experience as a gay author, including the

was committed throughout his life to Georgia’s

impact of his sexuality on his professional and writing

independence, against the superiority of Russian, later

career, and the problems that he had to face both

Soviet influence. Building on the European narrative

personally and professionally when coming out as gay.

tradition, his prose works, shaped by an unconventional,

Abashidze will further review contemporary attitude

poetic-associative language, unfolded an epic breath

towards LGBT issues in Georgia.

that recalls Marquez’ magical realism in its richness of

Publishers: Books in Batumi Publishing; Größenwahn Verlag Speakers: Zura Abashidze, Mariam Korinteli Moderator: Elena Hein

images and symbols. Since 1980, his extensive, worldcreating novels have been translated into German. Matthes & Seitz Berlin has published his novels The Garden of Dariatschangi, The Basket and Awelum. Publishers: Arete, Matthes & Seitz Berlin Speakers: Gia Darsalia, Kristiane Lichtenfield Moderator: Alexander Kartozia

15:00-15:30

16:00-16:30

BERLINISI Festival of Emerging German and Georgian Literature from 29.8. - 02.09.2018 in the Literature House Lettrétage from series Georgia in World Context

DISSCUSION WITH AUTHOR Mikho Mossulishvili from series Subtitles

The five-day Berlinisi literature festival focuses on emerging and experimental literature and presents eight

Mikho Mossulishvili studied geology and screenwriting.

writers from Georgia alongside eight from Germany,

He worked as a geologist, correspondent and editor.

who are in the early days of their literary careers. The

Mountain landscapes, as well as his proximity to cinema,

festival will connect, compare, and contrast Berlin and

plays a certain role in some of his short stories. Delicate

Tbilisi as literary metropolises. The festival presents

descriptions in his works show a fusion of the influences

open-ended, dynamic presentation formats that remain

by Japanese and Georgian literature. The multitude of

conscious of the working, living, and production

texts, their contents, backgrounds and pitches offers a

conditions of literary practice.

fine insight into the literary production of the Georgian

Participants: Eka Kevanishvili, Tamta Melashvili Moderator: Moritz Malsch

authors, who have created an extensive oeuvre. Moderator: Joachim Britze

October 12

Hall 5.0,B100

Zura Abashidze shall present his book and discuss

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NATIONAL STAND 10:00–10:30

October

11:00-11:30

WISDOM OF FANCY & WAS by Toressa Mossy

GLOBALIZATION: A Georgian Story by Kote Jandieri

from series Discover New Titles

from series Contemporaries

Wisdom of Fancy - “No one remains unknown in this

Kote Jandieri’s Globalization: A Georgian story is

town. However invisible you may be, still everybody

considered a masterpiece of Georgian short prose

knows who you are. And if someone from Telavi finds

of the 21st century. A man from the Kakheti region

himself even in the largest of megalopolises, he shall

tales how the tumult of the whole country - from the

recognize another Telavian immediately upon seeing.”

beginning of the Soviet period until the 1990s - befell

Was – the action of this novel also takes place in Telavi.

the inhabitants of a small village. This is short couse

An ordinary antique shop may suddenly become a

of Georgian culture and history, told imaginatively. It

place of major scientific discovery. Drama gives way

represents the short guide to Georgian history and

to old mythic world, catching detective, and thriller

culture designed with the author’s high fantasy.

in the book.

Publishers: Diogene Publishers, Klak Verlag

Publishers: Palitra L and Intelekti

Speakers: Kote Jandieri, Natia

Speaker: Natia Zaqradze, Toresa Mossy

Mikeladze-Bachsoliani

Moderator: Zviad Kvartskhelia

Moderator: Zaza Shengelia

10:30-11:00

THE ROLE OF TYPE IN BRAND DESIGN from series The Destiny of the Georgian Book – Today and Tomorrow

11:30-12:00

GEORGIA: A Cultural History Through The Wardrop Collection by Nikoloz Aleksidze from series Georgia Made by 33 Characters

We know it from correspondence: writing conveys

The book tells the story of the English translation of

personality. But this also applies to the printed texta.

the Knight in the Panther’s Skin by Marjory and Oliver

Some printed matter reflects the personality of a

Wardrops, and analyses their collection preserved in

nation – which is very true of Georgian – others give

the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The collection includes

personality to institutions and brands. Jürgen Siebert

manuscripts, old printed books, letters, and archive

will show why type plays a decisive role in commercial

documents since the seventh century until the twentieth

communication, especially in the industrialised markets

century.

of Europe and North America. Learn how type gives companies and brands an unmistakable voice.

Book Presentation Publishers: Bodleian Library Publishing

Speaker: Jürgen Siebert

Speakers: Nikoloz Aleksidze, Gillian Evison

Moderator: Tinatin Beriashvili

Moderator: Samuel Fanous

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12:00-12:30

AUTHORS AND CENSORS from series Con(Text)

from series Literary Bridges The author shall discuss censorship issue, and reflect

have a basic command of most grammatical features of

on his own experience, including the events that

the language and wish to familiarise themselves with

followed the publication of his first book in 2010. The

relatively simple literary texts in order to expand their

book was considered blasphemous among the religious

vocabulary and their knowledge about Georgian culture

or fanatic circles, and protests were held to withdraw

and literature. It contains short stories in their Georgian

it from sale. Erekle Deisadze will also talk about his

original and translated German versions in parallel

social activity as a performer: in 2012, he founded

text. Among the selected authors are distinguished

a punk-rock group In 40 Kilometres, and directed

literary personalities of the twentieth century (Ana

videos of political content. His latest collection Otar

Kalandadze, Goderdzi Chokheli, Erlom Akhvlediani)

the Queer unites four stories. The author attempts to

as well as representatives of a younger generation

draw the reader’s attention to the most acute problems

of Georgian writers (including, for example, Gaga

of contemporary life: children living in the streets,

Nakhutsrishvili).

abuse of women, issues concerning sexual minorities,

Speakers: Gaga Nakhutsrishvili, Lia Abuladze, Ketevan Kighuradze Moderator: Jonas Löffler

dominance of clichés and stereotypes, government’s indifference to these problems, etc Presentation of Erekle Deisadze’s collection of short stories Otar the Queer Publishers: Intelekti Publishing,

12:30-13:00

PUBLISHERS OF CHILDREN’S LITERATURE FROM GEORGIA

Mitteldeutscher Verlag Speakers: Erekle Deisadze, Gvantsa Jobava, Anastasia Kamarauli Moderator: Roman Pliske

from series Publishers speak Three publishers of children’s literature shall discuss the history of their activity, and their publishing houses, including most recent Georgian publications of the genre, and other interactive projects that are developed for young readers in Georgia. Speakers: Bakmi Publishing - Rusudan Mosidze / Publishing House Dila – Tamuna Ninikashvili / Publishing House Shemetsneba Shemetsneba – Lia Shalvashvili Moderator: Erika Hornbonger

October 13

Hall 5.0,B100

The book is aimed at advanced learners of Georgian who

National Stand

GEORGISCHES LESEBUCH: GEORGISCH-DEUTSCH

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15:00 -15:30

16:00-16:30

GEORGIA IN A GLOBAL POLITICAL CONTEXT

CINEMATIC RELATIONS BETWEEN GEORGIA AND THE ARSENAL

from series Georgia in World Context

from series Subtitles

Revaz Gachechiladze is a professor, author of over 150

Georgian cinematograph has elaborated its own

books and articles on history and political and social

movie languages and styles. Since the 1970s, the

geography. His book, published in German, reflects

Arsenal has maintained a special relationship with this

his view of the turbulent developments in Georgia’s

cinematography, which is reflected in this publication.

history. Georgia had to exist as part of the Russian

Emerging from a comprehensive film series at Kino

state for almost two centuries. Georgia has been an

Arsenal in October 2017, the volume includes film

independent state since 1991 and despite many unrest

talks, essays and a panel discussion.

is on the road to democracy.

Discussion with Lana Gogoberidze

Speaker: Revaz Gachechiladze

Participants: Erika Gregor, Ulrich

Moderator: Carsten Schmidt

Gregor, Salome Alexi Moderator: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus

15:30 -16:00

ANTONIO AND DAVID by Jemal Karchkhadze Rediscovered Novel by New Generation from series Points of Georgian Literature Jemal Karchkhadze’s works met with fierce criticism from the literary critics of the Soviet Union. After Georgia’s independence, his work was rediscovered by a new generation and his popularity grew steadily. Antonio and David is one of those rare cases in which taut narrative and high thought merge masterfully. Thanks to its elegant style and fluid writing technique, the novel is accessible to any reader interested in history, while at the same time offering an aesthetic language pleasure for the literary connoisseur. Publishers: Karchkhadze Publishing, Leipziger Literaturverlag Speaker: Viktor Kalinke Moderator: Maia Fanjikidze

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Georgia Made by Characters

Fair Ground

GEORGIA AT THE FAIR GROUND SCIENCE Made by Characters Hall 4.2, E93

The specially developed program of the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport will introduce the achievements and legacy of Georgia in the fields of science and culture at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Rich and diverse literature will be exhibited at the Ministry’s stand such as: dictionaries, Georgian musical notes, illustrated children’s literature, scientific literature on Georgian culture and art, fundamentally significant scientific accounts and reports on Georgian Studies, Caucasiology, Orientalism and Antiquity. Furthermore, public lectures of various nature will be held on the premises of Frankfurt Book Fair, as well as in numerous German universities. The lectures will cover Georgian cultural heritage in scientific fields where Georgia traditionally excels, such as: Georgian and Kartvelian languages, Abkhazian, Ossetian and Caucasian languages, in general; as well as covering literature created in those languages, Tumanishvili’s directing method, Georgian cinema and music, Georgian book culture (manuscripts, avant-garde); Modern art in Georgia, and current socio-political events.

Innovations and Technology Agency’s Stand Hall 4.2, B85

Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency will be represented with 2 Georgian startups. The stand offers visitors the unique experience of Georgia’s innovative landscape which is enriched with sensory sensations with 360-degree view. It portrays previous centuries’ famous Georgian innovators and their piece of innovation.

Georgia @ THE ARTS+ Hall 4.1, N67

Showcasing Georgian culture in the prism of visual arts and innovations. One out of three spaces of the stand will exhibit Georgian art & design books; second, Monotype stand presents unique Georgian script; find out about unique AI project Oraculum 0.1 (The Talking Avatars) at the third space. Organized by Georgian Publishers and Booksellers Association.


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Hall 4.1, R35 /THE ARTS + Café

Hall 4.1, P37 / THE ARTS+

Chatbots Installation Showcase

Welcome Georgia

The permanent installation that will

Since 2006 the Frankfurter Buch-

My Image of Georgia unites tradition

showcase mechanics and function-

messe has annually organized this

and modern life and reproduces the

alities of chatbots. Using screen

competition for young designers in

images, in which the participating

and keyboards, project authors

cooperation with the Department

artists represent the typical features

and presenters will let the visitors

of Culture of the City of Frankfurt,

of their country: Nature, literature,

interact with different chatbots of

with the aim to welcome the Guest

and symbols, but also war and the

their creation and will also show the

of Honour in a creative way. This

losses suffered in it. The openness

process of designing one.

year, students from 20 colleges from

and expressiveness are noteworthy,

all over Germany and Switzerland

as the land and culture are described

have participated in the competition

artistically in the images and the

Bassiani Club/ MOMEM STAND

and submitted 292 designs. The

accompanying texts. The previous

exhibition presents the ten winning

workshop focused first and foremost

motifs to welcome the Guest of

on the following questions: What is

At the collective stand of the Mu-

Honour Georgia. Besides, it shows

my idea of Georgia and its culture?

seumsinsel together with MOMEM

the three winners of the partner

What influence does the culture that

Georgian club Bassiani will be pre-

competition „Welcome Germany

I belong have on my artistic work?

sented. Bassiani will share their

at the Tbilisi Book Fair“, organized

story, a story of new cultural and

by the Goethe-Institut in Georgia

illustrators: Tako Bakradze,

youth movements in modern Geor-

with the participation of students

Elene Chichashvili, Khatia

gia, a story of deep and important

from the Visual Art, Architecture

Chitorelidze, Ana Chubinid-

changes. Bassiani wants to portray

& Design School Tbilisi.

ze, Eliso Chubinishvili, Sonia

Hall 4.1, N71 / THE ARTS+

My Image of Georgia

Posters by young designers

the way, which isolation-era gen-

Eliashvili, Eto Gzirishvili, Gio

eration of post-soviet Georgia is

Jincharadze, Sofo Kirtadze, Tatia

traveling to transform from strict

Nadareishvili, Eka Tabliashvili

and conservative to open, free

Organisator: Kulturkind

and equality-based society. In this

Berlin, the Georgian Na-

process, rave culture and techno

tional Book Center

scene have played a significant

Curator: Ulrike Nickel

role. This movement has created

Vernissage:

safe spaces for Georgian youth to

10.10.2018,16:00

freely gather, interact and express themselves. To portray this movement, Bassiani will be presenting its own journey through records, posters and other symbolic items at Frankfurt Book Fair.


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Georgian National Tourism Administration AT THE FRANKFURTER BUCHMESSE Within the scope of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018, Georgian National Tourism Administration will present its stand in Gourmet Gallerie 3.1, L140. There, the guests will have the opportunity to discover information about our country tailored precisely to their preference. Guests will be able to choose various thematic catalogues created for different taste profiles. During the exhibition all interested individuals are welcome to wander through Georgia by using our VR (Virtual Reality) glasses.

Hall 3.1, L146

The Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia Georgia is the only country in the world where wine production started 8,000 years ago and never been abandoned and is known as a cradle of wine. The

Co-exhibitors: Khareba,

Ministry together with Georgian National Wine Agency is carrying out promotion

Cheltti, Nika’s Wine,

activities to raise awareness about extraordinary and unique Amber Wine and

Qartvallay Georgian

cuisine. The participants and guests of the fair will also have the possibility

Products, Georgian Wine, EU-GS Standard, Geoplant,

to taste unique types of honey from the different parts of Georgia. The most

Geoline, RiRavo, Meisterbrau

matching product for the honey, Georgian high-quality tea and confectionaries

LTD, Kona, Asadeli Wine

will be represented on Georgian stand with various assortment.

“MenCare Campaign” at the LITCAM STAGE Hall 3.1, B33

In cooperation with LitCam the “MenCare Campaign” will be presented via three days panel-discussion session. The importance of fathers’ involvement in caregiving and household activities and the current situation in Georgia will be discussed. The social, cultural and media activities in the frameworks of MenCare Georgia and sports heroes as role models will be overviewed as well. MenCare aims at promoting men’s involvement as equitable, nonviolent fathers, partners and caregivers in order to achieve better health and family well-being. MenCare Georgia is conducted by UNFPA Georgia Country Office in cooperation with the local NGO We Care within the framework of the United Nations Joint Programme for Gender Equality funded by the Government Sweden.

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BOOKS AND ILLUSTRATIONS

Hall 3.0, F152

Children’s Stand

Foyer 5.1/6.1

Frankfurt Kids Foyer

Georgian Children’s Literature today

Up to 50 selected Georgian chil-

– tales and adventure stories, illus-

dren’s books will be exhibited in

trated and interactive books, digital

Frankfurt Kids Foyer, along with the

games and applications. Design of

illustrations of Georgian artists dis-

the stand will be complimented with

played on the screen in the foyer.

illustrations of Georgian artists.

Organized by Georgian Publishers

Organized by Georgian Publishers

and Booksellers Association

and Booksellers Association In addition, visitors can find an exhibition of contemporary picture-books and illustrations created by the studios Illustrator & Kontakti.

EXHIBITIONS

Hall 3.0, K119

Agora

Magicland ZAUBERLAND

GIFFER And Magic Selfie Mirror

The modern Georgian illustration

Take crazy gifs and photos and share

art is presented in an impressive

them with your friend via GIFFER

manner at the Magic Land exhibition

and MAGIC SELFIE MIRROR at the

by 17 artists. The works displayed

most crowded space of Frankfurter

here represent, in particular, pictorial

Buchmesse – Agora. GIFFER is the

interpretations of Georgian fairy

next generation photo booth, which

tales and myths that are pictori-

lets you take and share moving

ally interpreted. There are riddles

pictures. MAGIC SELFIE MIRROR

and mysteries behind many of the

captures full length photos using

illustrations.

a touch screen reflective screen. Your pictures are printed in less

Exhibition Illustrators: Tako Bakradze, Ruslan Beridze, Elene Chichashvili, Khatia Chitorelidze, Eliso Chubinishvili, Ana Chubinidze, Sonia Eliashvili, Eto Gzirishvili, Gio Jincharadze, Varlam Jmukhadze, Sophia Kirtadze, Levan Kvaratskhelia, Natia Kvaratskhelia, Zura Mchedlishvili, Tatia Nadareishvili, Tamar Nadiradze, Eka Tabliashvili Organisator: Kulturkind, Berlin Curator: Ulrike Nickel

than 10 seconds.


FAIR GROUND 11:00

GEORGIAN FAIRY TALES Frankfurt Kids Stage, Foyer 5.1/6.1

October

14:00-15:00

GENDER EQUALITY, MENCARE CAMPAIGN/PRESENTATION Litcam Stage, Hall 3.1, B33

Presentation of fairy tales illustrated by Georgian artists

Karl Kullessa (- UNFPA Representative in Turkey and

of the late 20th century. The illustrations were initially

the Country Director for Georgia and Azerbaijan), Lela

made for reversal films.

Bakradze- (UNFPA Georgia Country Office, Assistant

Speaker: Khatuna Khundadze - Director General of the Georgian Film studio

Representative) and Dr. Joerg F. Maas - CEO Stiftung Lesen, CEO EU Read will discuss the importance of fathers’ involvement in caregiving and household activities, the current situation in Georgia

12:00-13:00

GERMAN-GEORGIAN SCIENTIFIC RELATIONS Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

Moderator: Marc Werheid, author and project manager at the center for Advanced Sustainable Management (CASM Organizators: UNFPA, LitCam

German-Georgian scientific relations will be discussed at this session. Speaker: Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukerjee Working language German

13:00-13:30

Lasha Bugadze AT THE BLAUE SOFA THE SMALL COUNTRY (FVA) Stand: 3.1 L25 and 3.1 K25

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DISCUSSION with Zaza Burchuladze

18:00-20:00

NOCTURNE PARTY from Georgia

Hall 4.1, Stand D14

Gourmet Salon, Hall 3.1, L137

Zaza Burchuladze, discussion at the Arte Stand with

This year Georgia will host the Nocturne Party at the

filmmaker Eva Gerberding, followed by a film screening.

Gourmet Gallery. Georgian Chiefs cook Khachapuri, Khinkali and other classics of Georgian cuisine. The Chief Luka Nachkebia introduces the origins of these dishes and Georgian culinary culture. Short introduction into the world of Georgian wine is planned during the event and international audience will have a chance to taste the famous amber Quevri wine from traditional clay vessels.

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CONTEMPORARY GEORGIAN LITERATURE IN THE WORLD

A POT OF BLOOD by Zurab Lezhava

Speech of Tamta Melashvili to IPA General Assembly Room Spektrum 2 in the Congress Centre C2

Independent publishers, Hall 4.1, D36

Contemporary Georgian author Tamta Melashvili will

After serving in the army, Lezhava spent 16 years

make a 15-minute speech at the IPA General Assembly

in prison in Russia. There he began to write. For his

as a delegate of Georgian Publishers and Booksellers

naive style, literary critics compare him with the inge-

Association. The topic of the presentation is contem-

nious autodidact artist Niko Pirosmani. Lezhava, with

porary literature in the publishing market of a small

its black humor, portrays a dissolving society in which

country. Tamta Melashvili will speak about what it is

people prepare each other’s huge and tiny hells. He

like to be a writer in Georgia and to be writing in the

creates a dense world that, despite all fantastic ele-

unique Georgian language, about the process of having

ments, seems real enough.

your works translated and prospects for reaching out to the world. Founded in 1986, the International Publishers Association (IPA) is the world’s largest union of publishers’ associations. It has 76 member organisations from 65 countries. The IPA General Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the association, and is convened by the president once a year during the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Moderator: Zaal Andronikaschwili

12:00-13:00

BOOK OF GEORGIA Gourmet Salon, Hall 3.1, L137 We’ve collected social media posts of more than 7 million international visitors of Georgia and by using

11:00-11:30

UNFINISHED STORIES by Gela Chkvanava Independent publishers, Hall 4.1, D36

artificial intelligence sorted and analyzed the most genuine human emotions into first ever digital and printed guidebook of Georgia. Emotions are Georgia - a campaign featuring artificial intelligence and human emotions. Integrated activities include digital, printed and BTL. The presentation at the book fair will

The war in Abkhazia has started just before Gela Chkva-

be dedicated to the first ever user generated travel

nava graduated university of his hometown, Suchumi.

guide book. The presentation will be divided into 2

Gela Chkvanava, expelled from his hometown, speaks

parts – the project introduction will be done by the

openly and directly of everyday life during and after

head of Georgian National Tourism Administration

the war. The story of Rezo, who travels illegally across

Mr. George Chogovadze and head of Creative Agency

the Georgian-Abkhazian border to Sokhumi to visit

Windfor’s Mr. Vakhtang Kavtaradze.

his wife’s grave. Moderator: Sebastian Wolters

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A LONG SUMMER NIGHT Sumerian, Akkadian, and Hittite Prayers and Hymns

Nino Haratischwili AT THE BLAUE SOFA THE CAT AND THE GENERAL (FVA)

Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

Stand: 3.1 L25 and 3.1 K25

Translations of the ancient Sumerian, Akkadian, and Hittite prayers and hymns that Georgian Orientalists have translated into Georgian. Speaker: Dr. Nino Samsonia

GEORGIAN-HITTITE AND HITTITEGEORGIAN DICTIONARY Presentation of the Georgian-Hittite and Hittite-Georgian

13:00 -14:00

COOKING SHOW Gourmet Gallery, Show Kitchen, Hall 3.1, L99 Book presentation of Tasting Georgia - a food and wine journey in the Caucasus. Cooking show and degustation with the author Carla Capalbo.

dictionary. During the presentation, actress Laura Rekhviashvili will read prayers in Georgian. Speaker: Dr. Irina Tatishvili Working language English and French

12:30-13:00

15:15-15:40

TALKING WITH THE DECEASED: Why Chatbots are the Future of Storytelling THE ARTS+ Runway, Hall 4.1, M53

OLD GEORGIAN TRANSLATIONS OF HOMILETIC WORKS Ekvtime Atoneli

Sandro Asatiani and Zura Jishkariani (Dila) will partic-

Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

their team explore issues of post-biological communi-

ipate in the “Art and Innovation Project”, organized by the ARTS+ Board of Representatives. Sandro, Dilla, and cation. Imagine that you have a chance to talk with a

Homiletics is an old branch of Georgian ecclesiastic

person, who is no longer alive. It is not science fiction,

literature that emerged in Georgia together with Chris-

but highly likely reality. Sandro and Dilla are two Geor-

tianity and developed particularly well in the 10th and

gian artists, who create new kinds of chatbots, trying

11th centuries. It was at that time that Ekvtime Atoneli

to use them for new experimental purposes. Using

and Ephrem Mtsire started translating Homiletic works

artificial intellect and bots, Dilla and Sandro not only

by Ioane Okropiri and spiritual fathers from Cappadocia.

bring deceased people back to life, they also breathe

The presentation of a new documented dictionary will

life into fictional characters and even cities. Doing so,

be held within the frames of the session. It comprises

they create a new form of storytelling (or narration)

the vocabulary of the Old Georgian language of the

and readers’ unique experience. You can ask a digi-

5th-12th centuries.

tal clone, an author, or a fictional character whatever

Speakers: Dr. Sofio Sarjveladze, Dr. Nino Melikishvili Working language English and German

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PEN-Stand, Hall 4.1

WONDERFUL POWER OF THE LULLABY by Iakob Gogebashvili

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DISCUSSION with Zaza Burchuladze

14:30-15:00

Frankfurt Kids Stage, Foyer 5.1/6.1 Moderator: Ilja Trojanow

The touching story of kidnapping of a little girl Keto from Georgia to Dagestan was written by the renowned

14:00-14:30

TOMA’S FAIRY TALE by Giorgi Kekelidze BUSSI AND THUSSI by Bondo Matsaberidze Frankfurt Kids Stage, Foyer 5.1/6.1

Georgian writer Iakob Gogebashvili. After a successful repatriation by her father, Keto can remember neither her father and mother nor her homeland and her childhood spent there after ten years in the meantime. This is where the lullaby miraculously comes into play. Presentation Publisher: Daltas-Verlag Language: German

Giorgi Kekelidze, writer, author of children’s books

Speakers: Helmut Kunkel

and general director of the National Library presents

Moderator: Susanne Schmidt

his children’s book Toma’s Fairy Tale. Toma does not want to grow up and sets out in search of eternal childhood. He takes us into the world of metaphors and idioms. Together with Toma live the owl, fox, the Queen and many more. Children’s book author Bondo Matsaberidze tells about two little girls, who received as gift two white rabbits. They are just as much alike to each other’s as the girls do, so the rabbits are asked to distinguish their owners. There are also stories of the village of mushrooms, a singing blackbird and a frog. Presentation Publisher: University of Georgia’s Publishing House, Lauinger Verlag, Bakmi Publishing, Drava Verlag Language: English Speakers: Bondo Matsaberidze, Giorgi Kekelidze, Sonia Lauinger Moderator: Susanne Schmidt

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ASYNCHRONY by Ekaterine Togonidze

GEORGIAN TYPOGRAPHY IN MODERN REALITY

Independent publishers, Hall 4.1, D36

THE ARTS+, Runway, Hall 4.1, M53

Ekaterine Togonidze is a journalist and PR manager.

The presentation will cover all important aspects of

With her first novel called Asynchrony, she was the first

the development of Georgian typography in conditions

Georgian author ever discussing the topic of “physi-

of modern technologies. The most important issue of

cal disability”. The Siamese twins Lina and Diana die

the presentation is the adaptation of one of the oldest

under mysterious circumstances. Rostom, their father,

scripts to modern standards. Akaki Razmadze will speak

learned of their existence only after their death, and

about the modern Georgian uppercase letters called

then, he keeps learning the lives of his daughters and

Mtavruli, which has already been supported by the

their different personalities by reading their diaries.

Unicode Consortium. Presenter Akira Kobayashi will

Moderator: Jürgen Schütz

review non-Latin scripts, including Georgian script. He will discuss those details of their design that play an important role in the creation of fonts.

11:30-12:00

THE SMALL COUNTRY by Lasha Bugadze Independent publishers, Hall 4.1, D36 Lasha Bugadze is an author of numerous novels and plays that have been performed in several European cities. He’s also a gifted cartoonist. Honest and humorous, Lasha Bugadze uses his own traumatic experience caused by his story The First Russian and takes a look behind the scenes of politics and its profound connection with the church. The Small

Speakers: Akaki Razmadze (Type Designer, Georgia) Akira Kobayashi (Type Designerat Monotype GmbH), Bernd Volmer (Type Designer and Font Engineer at Monotype GmbH

12:00-13:00

ACHIEVEMENTS OF GEORGIAN AND GERMAN SCIENTISTS IN NUCLEAR PHYSICS Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

Country is an intelligent and entertaining novel on

Joint Georgian-German scientific projects, results,

religious fundamentalism, reactionary nationalism,

and prospects for cooperation in the field of nuclear

media power and freedom of expression.

physics will be presented at this session.

Moderator: Tilman Spreckelsen

Speakers: Dr. Hans Ströer - Director of Julich Research Centre - Institute of Nuclear Physics Dr. Andro Kacharava - Julich Research Centre Institute of Nuclear Physics Working language German

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Frankfurt Kids Stage, Foyer 5.1/6.1

Publisher: NordSüd Verlag Speakers: Herwig Bitsche, Otar Karalashvili, Roswitha Budeus-Budd

Presentation of fairy tales illustrated by Georgian artists

Moderator: Christine Paxmann

of the late 20th century.

Working Language German

Speaker: Khatuna Khundadze - Director General of the Georgian Film studio

15:00-16:00

Nana Ekvtimishvili AT THE BLAUE SOFA

COOKING SHOW

Stand: 3.1 L25 and 3.1 K25

Book presentation of Georgian Taste.

14:00-14:30

Gourmet Gallery

15:30-16:00

THE WISDOM OF THE LIES by Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani

LITERATURE. THE BRIDGE OF PEACE

Frankfurt Kids Foyer Hall 5.1/6.1

International Stage, Hall 5.1, A128

Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani, writer, diplomat and educa-

Abkhaz authors Gunda Sakania, Roin Agrba and Natia

tor, created this work of world literature around 1700.

venediktova and Georgian authors Guram Odisharia

King Pines, his vizier Sedrak, the eunuch Ruka and

and Dato Turashvili have translated each other’s works

Leon, the prince’s educator, argue about how best

and published a conjoint book First Step.This meeting

to educate the king’s son Jumber to become a wise

will be presenting authors’ books, their friendship and

king. Arguments are exchanged in the form of fables,

literature - literature as a universal language and the

parables and fairy tales.

friendship that can conquer the war.

Publisher: Edition Orient

Speakers: Gunda Sakania, Roin Agrba, Natia

Speaker: Stefan Trudewind, Otar Karalashvili

venediktova, Guram Odisharia

Moderator: Ekkehard Maaß

Moderator: Dato Turashvili

Working Language German

14:30-15:00

GEORGIAN FAIRY TALES Frankfurt Kids Stage, Foyer 5.1/6.1

15:30-16:00

LULLABY FOR LILY Mencare campaign/ presentation LitCam Stage, Hall 3.1, B33

Georgian fairy tales collected in The King Who Couldn’t

Ms. Mariam Bandzeladze (UNFPA Georgia) and

Laugh provide an insight into Georgia’s rich fairy tale

Alexandre Lortkipanidze, author will present the book

history. The book offers not only a glimpse into the

Lullaby for Lily and talk about the Social, cultural and

narrative tradition of the country but also invites the

media activities in the frameworks of MenCare Georgia

reader to discover the wide variety of young illustrative talent Georgia has to offer.

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11:00-12:00

DISCUSSIONS with Aka Morchiladze

SPORTS HEROES AS ROLE MODELS Mencare campaign/ presentation

AGORA, Frankfurt Pavilion

LitCam Stage, Hall 3.1, B33

Aka Morchiladze is a decisive figure in the history of

Mr. Levan Kobiashvili – President of the Georgian

Georgian prose since 1990-s. He is a writer, and a

Football Federation and Gerald Asamoah Former

professional historian. Morchiladze’s narrative and

German National Football player and DFB Ambassador

style seem to be a kind of magic, as he manages to

„Football for Development“ and Nia Künzer - former

breathe life into everything that he touches, transform-

football player will discuss the sports heroes as role

ing them into uniquely accomplished and mysterious

models and importance of their involvement in the

images. He can revive the environment and life of a

gender equality

period between the late 19th century and the early 20th century, and sculpture characters and people of that period; at the same time, he does not shy away

Moderator: Karin Plötz, Director LitCam Organizators: UNFPA, LitCam

from introducing famous characters of other writers into the universe of his own texts. Morchiladze is

11.00-11:30

capable of both, studying and telling stories characteristic of the Soviet era. Furthermore, he is also a true master when it comes to the depiction of contemporary reality, or fantasy worlds. Being a perfect narra-

THE HIDING AWAY by Aleko Shugladze Independent publishers, Hall 4.1, D36

tor, full of humour and vivid imagination, Aka Morchiladze masterfully matches all the above said with his

Aleko Shugladze, author and bookseller, former per-

stylized language.

formance artist and screenwriter, suddenly escaped from the literary scene of Georgia and went to India

Moderator: Jan Wiele At the end of the discussion the audience can attend book signing by Aka Morchiladze at Signing Box, Agora 12:00-12:30

for more than 15 years. After returning, he wrote the novel The Hiding Away. The award-winning novel is one of the most discussed books of recent times. With his authentic and, sometimes bitter or cruel humor, the author succeeds in relieving the pain in various doses. The form of a crime novel gives the text an additional intrigue. Moderation: Jörg Becken

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12:30-13:00

THE OSSETIAN LANGUAGE AND MYTHOLOGY

Independent publishers, Hall 4.1, D36

Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

Levan Berdzenishvili was director of the Georgian

The Nart sagas occupy a special place among the

National Library who earned his PHD, with a disser-

world's folk poetry. They belong to Caucasus nations, of

tation about Aristophanes. In early 1980s he was

which the Ossetian sagas are particularly perfect and

prisoned in camp as a political prisoner for 'Anti-So-

rich. The Ossetian language belongs to the group of

viet agitation and propaganda'. He follows the extraor-

Iranian languages. It has been influenced by Caucasus

dinary, sometimes weird characters who - imprisoned

languages, which explains why scientists are partic-

for the most absurd "crimes" - are plagued by hunger,

ularly interested in it.

imprisonment and a lack of communication with the outside world. The prisoners "selected" by the KGB form a sort of substitute family for each other and experience things that they would not have experienced if

Speaker: Dr. Nino Popiashvili, Ivane Javakhishvili University, Tbilisi Working language German

not the Gulag. It's a book about how the Soviet system kept its best minds locked up in the dark. Moderator: Cornelia Zetzsche

12:00-13:00

COOKING SHOW Gourmet Gallery Independent publishers, Hall 4.1, D36 Book presentation of Georgia. A culinary voyage of discovery. Cooking show and degustation with Georgian author Rusudan Gorgiladze.

13:00

Stephan Wackwitz AT THE BLAUE SOFA Stand: 3.1 L25 and 3.1 K25 Moderator: Michael Sahr

14:00

GEORGIAN SONGS: Georgian choirmaster Tamar Buadze and a vocal ensemble THE ARTS+ Runway, Hall 4.1, M53

12:00-12:30

The songs of Georgia are part of Unesco’s World Cultural Heritage. This Songbook of Georgia, which

GIACOMO PONTI by David Maghradze

focuses on the female repetoire of traditional songs,

Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

Tamar Buadze and Imke McMurtrie. It combines their

Presentation of a poetry collection.

is the product of two singers and music ethnologists knowledge and experience of Georgian song culture and their special arrangements of the songs and

Speaker: David Maghradze

explains from a “western” point of view what poten-

Working language German

tial this song treasury with its polyphony and special harmonies has in music therapy, music teaching and for the international choral music scene. October 13

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15:30-16:00

GEORGIAN FAIRY TALES

STORY IN PAINTED LANGUAGE

Frankfurt Kids Stage, Foyer 5.1/6.1

Frankfurt Kids Stage, Foyer 5.1/6.1

Presentation of fairy tales illustrated by Georgian artists

The book is based on drawings by an autistic five-year-

of the late 20th century. The illustrations were initially

old boy. Cooperation between the mother as author

made for reversal films.

and the child as illustrator is designed as an amusing

Speaker: Khatuna Khundadze - Director General of the Georgian Film studio

game that could be useful for every parent and child. Colorful stories tell of love and friendship and the mother-son relationship, anger, play, books, and above all of the uniqueness of each person.

15:00-15:30

Publishers: Artanuji Publishing, Weiser Verlag Speakers: Diana Anfimiadi, Erika Hornbonger

LAND UNDER IN THE ZOO. After a True Incident in Georgia

Moderator: Sebastian Minkner Working Language German

Frankfurt Kids Stage, Foyer 5.1/6.1 What do the animals in the zoo do when the water comes in and they can suddenly move freely in the city? And how do people react when suddenly a hippo walks in the streets? It could have happened as it is told in this story when the Zoo of Tbilisi was flooded on June 13, 2015.

15:30

COMIC BATTLE AT THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR Independent publishers, Hall 4.1, D36 Every year at the Frankfurt Book Fair, two teams of

Publisher: Edition Orient

comic artists or illustrators compete against each

Speakers: Tea Topuria, Stefan Trudewind, Sonia

other in a "duel"! Two teams of draughtsmen - one

Eliaschwili

from Germany and one from the host country - are

Moderator: Cornelia Geissler

on stage and each team has a flipchart available for

Working Language German

drawing. From the audience suggestions are now made as to what should be drawn, then the teams receive two minutes time for the graphic realization, then the flipcharts are turned around and the results are presented - the audience votes by applause who is the winner.

Participants: Gio Jincharadze, Natia Nadareishvili Jan Altehenger, Marc Angel The event shall be held in two rounds: the first round will be held on the small stage of the pavilion at 12:00, while the other will be held on the island of independent publishers at 15:30.

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READING MARATHON IN 50 LANGUAGES. Shota Rustaveli’s THE KNIGHT IN THE TIGER SKIN The knight in the tiger skin, since 2013 included in

Two books will be presented at the event: Nugesha

the UNESCO World Heritage List, is considered the

Gagnidze, Margret Schuchard, Grigol Robakidze (1880-

national epic of Georgia. The poet Shota Rustaveli

1962). A Georgian Poet between Two Languages and

wrote it at the behest of Queen Tamara of Georgia

Cultures. Shaker Publishers, Aachen 2011.Nugesha

in the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The versi-

Gagnidze, Irina Shishinashvili, Natia Nasaridze: Studies

fied text, which is handed down in manuscripts from

in Georgian Literature in the 19th Century. PWN Publish-

the 17th century on, thematises chivalry and nobility

ers, Warsaw 2018.

rising above religion and nation. It has been translated into many languages. During the reading marathon, students and academic staff from Goethe University Frankfurt read fragments of the epic in 50 languages

Speaker: Dr. Nugesha Gagnidze - Professor of Tsereteli University, Kutaisi, Department of German Philology Working language German

Moderator: Prof. Manana Tandaschwili, Prof. Jost Gippert@ Participant: Studierende und akademische

12:30-13:00

Mitarbeiter der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt Organizator: Goethe-Universität

GEORGIAN BOOKS OF AVANT-GARDE

Frankfurt, Reichert Verlag

Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94

12:00-12:30

Presentation of the catalogue of Georgian books of Avant-garde. It is mean for those, who are interested

GERMAN-GEORGIAN WRITER ENCOUNTERS Education Stage, Hall 4.2, C94 German-Georgian authors of various generations

in antiques and Georgian art. Speaker: Pavel Chepijov, International League of Antiquarian Booksellers Working Language German

- Grigol Robakidze, Giwi Margwelaschwili, Nino Haratischwili - make a special part of the manifold

13:00

and interesting German-Georgian literary relations. They are witnesses of history, revolutions, wars, and destruction followed by building. They are ramblers between two countries and cultures - Georgia and Germany.

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OPEN BOOKS Present Georgian Authors FRANKFURT AM MAIN

10.10.2018 Wednesday 17:00- 18:00

10.10.2018 Wednesday 18:30-20:30

11.10.2018 Thursday 17:00-18:00

13.10.2018 Saturday 20:00-21:00

GROSSER SAAL

GROSSER SAAL

GROSSER SAAL

GROSSER SAAL

SOUTHERN

OBOLÉ / THE

THE HERO IN THE

A SMALL COUNTRY

ELEPHANT

MAMELUK

PANTHER’S SKINN

Lasha Bugadze

Archil Kikodze

Aka Morchiladze

Tilman Spreckelsen

Moderator:

Moderator:

Moderator:

Ruthard Stäblein

Tilman Spreckelsen

Manana Tandashwili

(hr2-kultur),

(F.A.Z.),

Translation:

Translator:

Translation:

Anastasia Kamarauli

Nika Lomtadze

Nika Lomtadze

Kat Menschik

Reading: Jochen Nix

17:00-18:00

20:00-21:00

18:30-19:30

18:30-19:30

PANORAMASAAL

PANORAMASAAL

PANORAMASAAL

RÖMERHALLE

HOW TO KILL

THE PEAR-TREE

INFLATABLE ANGEL

THE CAT AND

BILLY ELLIOT?

MEADOW

Zaza Burchuladze

THE GENERAL

Zura Abashidze

Nana Ekvtimishvili

Moderator:

Moderator:

Moderator:

Moderator:

Elena Hein

Cornelia Zetsche

Constanze Neumann

Joachim Unseld

(Bayrischer Rundfunk)

Reader:

Nino Haratishwili

Jochen Nix

Adress: Roemerberg 23, 60311, Frankfurt

Frankfurt City

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October

HAUS AM DOM, DOMPLATZ 3, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

LITERATURE LOUNGE Introduction to the Literary History of Georgia Discussion

Martin Maria Schwarz and Lasha Bakradze talk about literature from a country

7.10.2018 11:00-14:00

that is enthusiastic about harvesting. At the end of the discussion all visitors can taste a glass of Georgian wine.

Moderator: Martin Maria Schwarz (hr2kultur)

Reading & Discussion

The matinée gathers “sauzchoo” (Georgian): “the best, most wonderful”, literally

Authors:

“something intended for foreigners”: an overview of Georgia’s literary history

Stephan Reich and Anna

of 1600 years in the unique 5th century script. But what does the foreigner

Kordsaia-Samadaschwili,

see, what his own gaze sees exploring this fascinating country? German and

Katja Petrovskaya and

Georgian authors travelled together and present texts from the new book

Abo Iaschaghashvili,

Georgia in pairs. A literary journey.

Moderator: Lisa Strassberger

Exhibition

These collections by Julia Bürle-Nowikowa were created from the travel

7.10. 2018 11:00

impressions of twelve German and Georgian authors in different regions of Georgia, the myths and landscapes and the ancient script. They give the literary texts in the book Georgia. A literary journey. Cooperation: FVA with the Goethe-Institut Georgia, in cooperation with the Georgian National Book Center with the friendly support of the Federal Foreign Office, Kultur & Bahn e.V.


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Reading & Discussion

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LITERATURE HOUSE, SCHÖNE AUSSICHT 2, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

8.10.2018 19:30

Naira Gelashvili is one of the most important literary voices in Georgia. The

Entrance: 9/6 €

and Celan is very popular in Georgia thanks to her non-conformist prose. This

Author: Naira Gelashvili

novel was initially published in the literary magazine in 1982 and caused a

Moderator: Insa Wilke

great stir. Today as then, the text can be read as a poetic form of the criticism

writer, literary critic, civil rights activist and translator of R.M. Rilke, Hölderlin

of totalitarian regimes, but at the same time - what is surprising - as just a story of the demands of the working world – and how to escape from them.

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October

10-12 .10.2018 10:00

WORKSHOP With Children's Book Illustrators STADTTEILBIBLIOTHEK SINDLINGEN, SINDLINGER BAHNSTRASSE 124 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

Eka Tabliashvili, born 1988, is author and illustrator. In 2014 she had a scholarship in Munich International Youth Library. Riddles are fun, educational and mind-opening.Tatia Nadareishvili, born 1988, writes and illustrates children’s

Eka Tabliashvili: Riddles,

books. She has studies at Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. Shibo tells about a

Tatia Nadareishvili: Shibo

boy from the Orinoko on a journey between reality and imagination. Another

For 4-6 Years Old

workshop will be held: 12.10.18 at Zentrale Kinder- und Jugendbibliothek,

Registration Required

Arnsburger Straße 24.

LITERATURBAHNHOF Reading & Discussion HAUS DES BUCHES, BRAUBACHSTRASSE 16 - 1ST FLOOR, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

10.10.2018 17:15-18:15

THE INFLATABLE ANGEL by Zaza Burchuladze HOLY DARKNESS by Levan Berdzenishvili The inflatable Angel: The young couple Nino and Niko Gorosia are being

Moderator:

bored by necromacy.in the kitchen. And the spirit really appears. It is Georges

Daniella Baumeister

Gurdjieff, the great esoteric and charlatan of the 20th century. And he refuses

(hr2-kultur)

to disappear. Holy Darkness: The most unusual book about life in the Gulag!

Reader (German):

Berdsenishvili writes about his fellow prisoners and their guards with fine humor

Actor and speaker

and irony, but sometimes also full of sarcasm and melancholy. Organizer:

Jochen Nix

Culture & Railway e.V., Frankfurt, Lothar Ruske, Lothar Ruske PR, Frankfurt

Frankfurt City

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I AM LEAVING FOR MADRID


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BEYOND BORDERS Georgian Poetry of Breakup, Free entry ZENTRALBIBLIOTHEK, HASENGASSE 4, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

10.10.2018 19:30

Shota Iatashvili, Zviad Ratiani, Zurab Rtveliashvili, Eka Kevanashvili, Diana Anfimiadi - five most renowned authors of the new generation show very different approaches in their search for an identity between East and West,

Moderator:

individualism, and social demands, between tradition and modernity, between

Dirk HĂźlstrun

spoken word and performance, mythology and dedicated poetry. With live Georgian music from GeoTrain and Georgian wines.

GEORGIAN EVENING IN DENKBAR Zura Abashidze, Zura Jishkariani, Zaza Koshkadze and Paata Shamugia DENKBAR, SPOHRSTRASSE 46A, FRANKFURT AM MAIN

10.10.2018 19:30

Participants: Zura Abashidze, Diana Anphimiadi, Zura Jishkariani, Zaza Koshkadze and Paata Shamugia

10 YEARS OF GEORGIAN LITERATURE Free entry ROMANFABRIK, HANAUER LANDSTRASSE 186, 60314 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

10.10.2018 20:00

With the event Contemporary Georgian Literature on 20 May 2009, Romanfabrik opened its doors to present-day Georgian literature. Since then, the literature lovers of Frankfurt have been able to enjoy the literature of this small country that lies on the threshold between Europe and Asia through readings, book presentations, and panel discussions. And all this was mediated by the literature salon EUTERPE Prof. Manana Tandashvili founded in 2008 and has led for years. For the 10th anniversary, we are looking back on an impressive history: About 100 literary soirees, more than 70 writers, literary critics, and translators and artists, 16 published translations of not only modern, but also classical Georgian literature, constant presence at the Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs since 2010 with Nino Haratischwili, Aka Morchiladze, Lasha Bugadze, Zaza Burchuladze, Dato Turashvili, Tamta Melashvili, Guram Odisharia, Bondo Matsaberidze, and many others. A soiree devoted to 10th anniversary of the Frankfurt Literature Salon EUTERPE with musical accompaniment and Georgian specialties.


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WORKSHOP

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With Children's Book Illustrators LANDSTRASSE 248 / WALTER-MÖLLER-PLATZ 1 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

11.10.2018 10:00

Gio Jincharadze, born 1981, is illustrator and artist. His artful pencil drawings

Book & Co from 4 years

fictional world.

allude to mythical motifs. The book is telling the story of the wolf in the

Gio Jincharadze: Big

Khatia Chitorelidze, artist and illustrator, was born in 1992. She was selected

Book of Wolves, Khatia

for the Bologna Illustrator’s Exhibition 2016. The book is a diary of the Fox

Chitorelidze: The Fox Family

Family. All have – like humans – their own daily routines and desires.

Address: Stadtteilbibliothek Dornbusch, Eschersheimer Landstraße 248

11.10.2018 10:00

Ana Chubinidze, born 1990, is author, illustrator and animation film maker.

Book & Co from 4 years

techniques. Her animaton film “The pocket Man” is a story about a wonderful

Ana Chubinidze:

friendship between the very little Edgar and a blind old man.

Pocket Man, Elene

Elene Chichashvili is freelance graphic designer and illustrator. A story with a

Chichashvili: Mick, Rick,

different angle: the three rabbits are not peaceful. They play tricks on quiet Mr.

Nick and Mr. Fox

Fox. But one day it shows that help may come from the least expected source

She has done various workshops for children and adults aboug pop-up book

Address: Bibliothekszentrum

LITERATURBAHNHOF

NordWestStadt, Walter-

Reading & Discussion

Möller-Platz 1

HAUS DES BUCHES, BRAUBACHSTRASSE 16 - 1ST FLOOR, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

11.10.2018 17.15-18.15

THE SMALL COUNTRY by Lasha Bugadze THE PEAR-TREE MEADOW by Nana Ekvtimishvili

Moderator:

The Small Country: It is the period after the devastating civil war, with scarcity,

Daniella Baumeister

corruption and ruins. The young generation is fed up with all these old roped

(hr2-kultur)

parties. So did the protagonist, a young writer, who has just published a satirical

Reader (German):

story about the legendary Queen Tamar from the 13th century. In the centre

Actor and speaker Jochen Nix

of his text is Tamar’s unhappy marriage with the Russian Yuri Bogoljubski.

Organisator: Culture &

The Pear-Tree Meadow: The history teacher must die; the children should

Railway e.V., Frankfurt

run over the pear field into freedom - that is Lela’s plan. In the boarding school

Lothar Ruske, Lothar

for mentally handicapped children in Tbilisi, the angry girl has taken on the

Ruske PR, Frankfurt

role of protector. Nana Ekvtimishvili gives voice to rebel girls and women in Georgian society.

Frankfurt City

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READING BY GEORGIAN AUTHORS Reading & Discussion / Free entry ZENTRALBIBLIOTHEK, HASENGASSE 4, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

11.10.2018 19:30

FALLING APART by Davit Gabunia DANDELION CYCLONE IN ORANGE by Tamar Tandashvili

Translator

Falling Apart: Zura, happy father and less happy househusband - he has lost

Nino Kavelashvili

his job - gets a new neighbour. Being bored, he begins to watch the striking

Moderator:

young man with the red Alfa Romeo - and quickly falls under the spell of a

Ruthard Stäblein

strange life. Soon Zura knows more and more about new neighbour, and about

(Hessian Radio)

the visits of his lover, a high official. In strong pictures, the author tells about women and men, who reject the reckless alliance between the patriarchate, church, and police and fight for a life according to their own free choice. Tamar Tandashvili, born in Tbilisi in 1973, studied literature and psychology. She publishes a widely read blog and works as a psychologist and activist, especially for the rights of women and sexual minorities. Dandelion Cyclone in Orange (original in 2016) is her first novel published in German translation (Natia Mikeladse-Bakhsoliani); Residenz Publishers, 2018.

THE HOLY GLOOM the Last Days of the Gulag BUCHHANDLUNG WELTENLESER, OEDER WEG 40, 60318 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

11.10.2018 19:30

Because of “anti-Soviet advocacy and propaganda” the author was kept in a detention centre from 1984 to 1987. In his book, he speaks about the ordeal of imprisonment and the joy of meeting like-minded people there. He exchanged

Author:

views with intellectuals from all over the Soviet Union there and now reports

Levan Berdzenishvili

with great humour on everyday life in the camp. The stories make the reader

Organisators:

laugh and cry alternately. This is followed by tasting Georgian wines.

Buchhandlung Weltenleser, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Leon Joskowitz Culinary Consulting & Action Moderator: Anastasia Kamarauli


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A GEORGIAN SOIREE IN FABRIK Reading, discussion, and piano music FRANKFURT AM MAIN

11.10.2018 20:00

The Georgian soiree at Fabrik in Frankfurt is of course also part of Fabrik (as of everything else). The place is a historic location for reading and music and discussions in Frankfurt. At this soiree, Abo Iashagashvili and Irma Tavelidze,

Authors:

authors from Tbilisi, will read excerpts from their books, both published in

Abo Iashagashvili and

edition.fotoTAPETA Berlin: Of course, it is also possible to give a title to the

Irma Tavelidze

soiree: The Invention Of The East (the title of the tales by Irma Tavelidze).

Participants:

The event is organized by Fabrik & edition.fotoTAPETA.

Ekaterine Kintsurashvili Moderator: Andreas Rostek

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October

12.10.2018 10:00 Book & Co from 4 years Sonia Eliashvili: I Am A Bus, Eliso Chubinishvili: Phru, Gi and Others

WORKSHOP With Children's Book Illustrators BIBLIOTHEKSZENTRUM BERGEN-ENKHEIM, BARBAROSSASTRASSE 65 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

Sonia Eliashvili, born 1982, is author and illustrator. In 2015 she won the Tbilisi Picture Book Idea Award for “I am a Bus”. The story is about different people and how interesting it can be to observe them. Born in 1969 in Tbilisi, Eliso Chubinishvili graduated from the faculty of architecture of the Academy of Arts. She works as an illustrator now. Phru and Gi are the heroes of a fairy tale about friendship and a magical forest.

Registration Required

LITERATURBAHNHOF Reading & Discussion HAUS DES BUCHES, BRAUBACHSTRASSE 16 - 1ST FLOOR, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

11.10.2018 17.15-18.15

FALLING APART by Davit Gabunia GLOBALIZATION: A GEORGIAN STORY by Kote Jandieri

Moderator:

Falling Apart: Zura, happy father and less happy househusband gets a new

Daniella Baumeister

neighbour. Being bored, he begins to watch the striking young man and quickly

Reader (German):

falls under the spell of a strange life. Globalization. A Georgian Story: "Do you

Jochen NixActor&Speaker

know the joke of the man from Kametchaantkari?" Thus begins the story of the

Organizer: Culture & Railway e.V., Frankfurt, Lothar Ruske PR

elderly man from the region of Kakhetia. It is about how the tumult of the world and the whole country befell the inhabitants of a small village in the Caucasus.

Frankfurt City

KULTURWERK FRANKFURT, MITTLERER HASENNFAD 5/IM HOF 60598


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READING BY GEORGIAN AUTHORS Reading & Discussion / Free entry ZENTRALBIBLIOTHEK, HASENGASSE 4, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

12.10.2018 19:30

COUNTING OUT&MARINE’S ANGEL by Tamta Melashvili ROYAL MARY by Abo Iashagashvili

Translator

Counting Out: The 13-year-old friends learn what it means to live in a godforsaken

Nino Kavelashvili

conflict zone with only children, the elderly, and cripples remaining there. War

Moderator:

is more than men’s business. Tamta Melashvili’s debut work was awarded

Ruthard Stäblein

the German Youth Literature Prize in 2013 in the Young Adults category. It

(Hessian Radio)

appeared in 2018 in the translation of Natia Mikeladse-Bakhsoliani in the Union publishers. Marine’s Angel: Protagonists of the stories are women of different ages and social statuses. Here, “voices are collected” and a literary form is used to make the origin of injustice, inequality, and oppression understandable. Royal Mary unfolds in Tbilisi at the end of the 19th century, a melting pot of cultures. Iimages of markets, pubs and palaces, eccentric characters, foreign powers, yes, almost the smell of a bygone era. With wit and virtuosity, Iashagashvili captures all this and yet tells of murder and manslaughter. And everything revolves around a horse - and the Shah of Persia. Abo Iashaghashvili, born in Tbilisi in 1977, studied history and philosophy. He is currently working as a mountain guide and has written novels and short stories. Royal Mary has received an award in Georgia and appeared in 2016 in German translation (Lia Wittek) at Edition.fotoTAPETA.

DATA TUTASHKHIA Reading BUCHHANDLUNG WELTENLESEROEDER WEG 40, 60318 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

12.10.2018 19:30 Author: Chabua Amirejibi (1921-2013) Participant/Speaker: Anastasia Kamarauli Organizers: Buchhandlung Weltenleser/Georgia/ Kroener Verlag

Data Tutashkhia by Chabua Amirejibi has often been referred to as the Georgian Robin Hood, but he is much greater. The character invented by the author embodies the Georgian soul and is therefore rightly considered as a popular hero. It is both an adventure book and history book in one and it reflects the colourful Georgian society in the late 19th century in all its aspects. Emerging from the masses, the popular hero fights against the evil and has to show his force against a powerful adversary. A classic of Georgian literature!


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October

13.10.2018 15:00

Reading & presentation ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, KARMELITERGASSE 1, D-60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

Jandieri’s book is a parable on globalization: a man from the Kakheti region tales how the turmoil of the world - from the beginning of the Soviet era until the 1990s - befell the inhabitants of a small village.

Author: Kote Jandieri Moderator:

With tasting of Georgian wines. In cooperation with Leon Joskowitz (Culinary Festival Frankfurt/Der Philosophische Tisch).

Prof. Alexander Kartozia, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

LITERATURBAHNHOF Reading & Discussion HAUS DES BUCHES, BRAUBACHSTRASSE 16 - 1ST FLOOR, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

13.10.2018 17:15-18:15

OBOLÉ by Aka Morchiladze DAGNY OR A LOVE FEAST by Zurab Karumidze

Organizer:

Obolé: A declaration of love to Georgia. Irakli lives in Tbilisi when one day

Culture & Railway

he receives a message from his little hometown near the wild mountains of

e.V., Frankfurt

Svaneti: his old house is about to collapse. In the attic he discovers the long-

Lothar Ruske, Lothar

forgotten Obolé, an old, beautifully crafted flint gun. Obolé dates from a time

Ruske PR, Frankfurt

when rifles still used to resemble the women, and Irakli feels attracted to her as

Moderator:

to a beautiful woman - and one should not be surprised if she still fires a shot...

Daniella Baumeister

Dagny or A Feast of Love: Dagny Juel was Norwegian, she met Edvard Munch

(hr2-kultur)

and became his model (for example for the famous “Madonna”). Later she

Reader (German):

met August Strindberg, who first loved her and then destroyed her in a drama.

Actor and speaker

Finally, however, she married the bohemian satanist Stanisław Przybyszewski,

Jochen Nix

with whom she was travelling in the Berlin artists’ circle around the pub “Das Schwarze Ferkel”. Przybyszewski left her to his disciple Władysław Emeryk, who took her to Tbilisi.

BESTSELLER Reading & Discussion BÜCHERGILDE BUCHHANDLUNG & GALERIE STAUFENMAUER 9, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

13.10.2018 19:30

Bestseller by Beka Adamashvili. Reading and moderation by Claudius Nießen.

Frankfurt City

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GLOBALISATION: A GEORGIAN STORY


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ROYAL MARY Reading BAD HOMBURG, DOROTHEENSTRASSE 24, 61348 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

13.10.2018 19:30

Royal Mary, Georgia’s award-winning novel by Iashagashvili, unfolds in a city that was a melting pot of cultures - Tbilisi at the end of the 19th century. The atmosphere of this city, images of markets, pubs and palaces, eccentric

Author:

characters, foreign powers, yes, almost the smell of a bygone era. With wit

Abo Iashagashvili

and virtuosity, Iashagashvili captures all this and yet tells of murder and

In cooperation with:

manslaughter. And everything revolves around a horse - and the Shah of

Funds Association

Persia. Writer Abo Iashagashvili, born in Tbilisi in 1977, studied in Tbilisi,

Taunus-Tbilisi

Munich, and Berlin. He now works in Georgia also as a mountain guide. He

Sponsor:

has written three novels, several short stories, and contributions to literary

Literature Festival

journals. For his second novel - Royal Mary, Iashagashvili was awarded the

Leseland Hessen

prestigious Georgian literary prize Saba in 2015.

Entry: 8 Euro, erm. 5 Euro Box office: 10 Euro, erm. 7 Euro

ABOUT BORDERS Electro poetry and Spoken Word from Georgia ORANGE PEEL CLUB, KAISERSTRASSE 39, 60329 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

13.10.2018 19:30

Spoken Word poetry meets electronic beats. Archaic rhymes meet club culture, sound poetry meets provocative performance. Rebellious and contemporary poetry that goes into the belly, legs and head. The young generation of Georgian

Presented by

poets use traditional methods as naturally as electronic beats and current

Dirk HĂźlstrunk

social messages. With the shooting star of the Georgian poetry scene Rati

Live Music:

Amaglobeli, the great provocateur Zurab Rtveliashvili, the musician/rap poet

Gogi Dzodzuashvili,

Erekle Deisadze, the mystical rebel and sound poet Shalva Bakuradze and

Toresa Mossy

the pioneer of Georgian electronic music Gogi Dzodzuaschvili. Concluding

Kaveh Mohamed Sharifi

audiovisual live concert by the musician and author Toresa Mossy.

Participants: Rati Amaglobeli, Shalva Bakuradze, Erekle Deisadze, Zurab Rtveliashvili


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BASSIANI@FRANKFURT ATELIERFRANKFURT & MOMEM present Georgian club culture

FRANKFURT AM MAIN

13.10.2018 Late evening

Bassiani, together with Momem (Museum Of Modern Electronic Music), will be presenting the modern electronic music culture of Georgia during the Frankfurter Buchmesse. At AtlelierFrankfurt, Bassiani residents HVL, Kvanchi

Participants:

and Zesnkel will deliver the music characteristic of the burgeoning Georgian

HVL, Kvanchi,

electronic music scene that has been accompanying recent social and cultural

Zesknel (live)

changes in the country.

Organizers: Bassiani & MOMEM (Museum Of Modern Electronic Music)

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MEN HAVE FEELINGS AS WELL

14.10.2018 14:00

Georgian authors, Zura Jishkariani & Giorgi Lobzhanidze at club YOK-YOK.

Zura Jishkariani & Giorgi Lobzhanidze

October

YOK-YOK / FAHRGASSE 21 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

SUPRA: FEAST Performance with texts by Nino Haratischwili and Georgian music SCHAUSPIEL FRANKFURT, UNTERMAINANLAGE 11, 60311 FRANKFURT AM MAIN

14.10.2018 20:30

of socialisation, which Nino Haratischwili invites the audience to. Together

A production of

with four musicians and three actresses, they sit around a long table with

Elbphilharmonie

wine and khachapuri and listen to the stories and songs of the women, who

Hamburg, presented by

speak about their social reality.

“Supra” is the name of the traditional Georgian table that has the function

Schauspiel Frankfurt

Participants of the events are Nina Sarita Balthasar, performance, Solveig

and Authors' Foundation

Krebs, performance, Anja Topf, performance, Nukri Kapanadze, singing, Keti

Frankfurt, the publisher

Klimiashvili, singing, Nino Guliashvili, Klavier, singing, Nino Tskitishvili, Gitarre,

of the authors. With the

singing, Nino Haratischwili, Text, direction, Julia B. Nowikowa, Bühne, Video.

kind support of Georgian National Book Centre.

Frankfurt City

SCHWEDLERSTRASSE 1, 60314


100 Also You Can Find Following Cultural Events IN THE CITY OF FRANKFURT AM MAIN During The Book Fair Week:

MUSIC Made by Characters 11.10.2018 20:00 THE SOUND OF GEORGIA Gesellschaftshaus Palmengarten, Palmengartenstr.11, 60325 Frankfurt

Livestream from concert on arte.tv: 11.10.2018, 20:00 Broadcast on arte.tv: 14.10.2018 The ARTE concert for the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018 in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse and Georgia Made by Characters

13.10.2018 20:00 ALTE OPER Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra, Nikoloz Rachveli (Conductor) Opernplatz 1, 60313 Frankfurt

EXHIBITIONS Made by Characters 14.09. 14.10.2018

15. 09. 14. 10. 2018

15. 09. 11. 11. 2018

22.09. – 25.11.2018

BOUILLON

DESCRIPTIONS

THEA DJORDJADZE

PICTURE

GROUP – Basis

Georgian Video

(Solo Show)

LANGUAGES.

e.V. Gutleutstraße

Art Exhibition

PORTIKUS,

Photographic

8-12, 60329

Atelier Frankfurt,

Maininsel, Alte

Art from Georgia

Schwedlerstraße

Brücke 2, 60594

Fotografie

THE FUTURE IS OURS ATELIER FRANKFURT e.V.

5, 160314

21. 09. 201820. 01. 2019

Schwedlerstraße

LARA PROTECTS

1-5, 160314

ME. A Georgian Story. Museum Angewandte Kunst, Schaumainkai 17, 60594

Forum Frankfurt, Braubachstr. 30–32, D-60318


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05.10.2018 06.01.2019

6.10.2018 – 10.02.2019

11.10.20184.11.2018

HYBRID TBILISI

TSIKARA

GOLD & WINE.

THE OTHER

Reflections on

– Museum

Georgia’s Ancient

SOVIET MAN

Architecture in

in Museum

Treasures -

Guram Tikanadze

Georgia Deutsches

Struwwelpeter-

Archäologisches

Ausstellungshalle,

Architekturmuseum

Museum

Museum

Schulstraße

Schaumainkai

Schubertstr.

Karmelitergasse

1A. 60594

43, 60596

20; 60325

1, 60311

5.10.201818.11.2018

5.10.2018 – 10.02.2019

11.10.2018 – 18.11.2018

11.10.2018 19:00

TIFLIS ON MY

MEDEA’S LOVE

HOMO

Andro Wekua

MIND Klingspor

And The Quest

GEORGICUS

WORKS

Museum in

For The Golden

Senckenberg

PRESENTATION

Offenbach,

Fleece Liebieghaus

Naturmuseum,

MMK Museum

Herrnstraße 80,

Skulpturensammlung,

Senckenberganlage

für Moderne

63065 Offenbach,

Schaumainkai

25; 60325

Kunst, Domstraße 10, 60311

71, 60596

FILM Made by Characters 24.09.2018 – 13.10.2018

02.10.2018 – 31.10.2018

10.10.2018 20:15

THE POCKET MAN

GEORGIAN FILM

KOTE

Screeings,

SERIES From the

MIKABERIDZE

Exhibition and

silent film era to

book presentation

workshops of

1991 Deutsches

and screening

Animated Film by

Filmmuseum,

Deutsches

Award winning

Schaumainkai

Filmmuseum,

illustrator Ana

41; 60596

Schaumainkai

Chubinidze Stadtbücherei Frankfurt, Bibliothekszentrum Höchst, MichaelStumpf-Straße 2,

41; 60596

Frankfurt City

29. 09. 2018 - 13. 01. 2019


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THEATER Made by Characters 06.10.2018 18:00

06.10.2018 20:00

8.10.2018 20:00

16.10.2018 20:00

GEORGIAN

NAVIGATOR by

STYX by Shota

BEFORE WE

PHANTASIES by

Kote Marjanishvili

Rustaveli

GOT TO KNOW

Fingers Theatre

State Drama

State Theatre

EACH OTHER

Künstlerhaus

Theatre

Künstlerhaus

Independent

Mousonturm,

Künstlerhaus

Mousonturm,

Project

Waldschmidtstraße

Mousonturm,

Waldschmidtstraße

Steigenberger

4, 60316

Waldschmidtstraße

4, 60316

Frankfurter Hof,

4, 60316

hotel suite #234, Am Kaiserplatz , 60311

07.10.2018 20:00

12.10.2018 20:00

17-18.10. 2018 20:00

THE SOIL

EXERCICE by

RAMONA by

TAKES ITS TOIL

Music and

Rezo Gabriadze

Independent

Drama Theatre

Theatre

Project

Künstlerhaus

Schauspiel

Künstlerhaus

Mousonturm,

Frankfurt, Neue

Mousonturm,

Waldschmidtstraße

Mainzer Str.

Waldschmidtstraße

4, 60316

17, 60311

4, 60316

10.-12.10.2018 FREITAGSKÜCHE The well-known scene restaurant in Frankfurt's Gallus district will be transformed from 10 to 12 October 2018 into a "Georgian house" full of hospitality, local specialties and delicacies. Reservation via info@freitagskueche.de


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AUTHORS Index Abashidze Zura - pages: 67, 87, 90

Kekelidze Giorgi – pages: 19, 21, 79

Abo Iashagashvili - pages: 45, 93, 94, 96

Ketsba-Khundadze Lali - pages: 34

Adamashvili Beka – pages: 39, 95

Kevanishvili Eka – pages: 67

Aka Morchiladze – pages: 16, 22, 24, 34, 62, 82, 85, 87, 95,

Kharanauli Besik – pages: 18, 20, 28

Alkhazishvili Givi - pages: 41

Khvedelidze Beso – pages: 26

Amaglobeli Rati – pages: 23, 41, 96

Kikodze Archil – pages: 32, 37, 87

Anphimiadi Diana – pages: 18, 66, 84, 90

Koshkadze Zaza - pages: 19, 90

Bakanidze Luka – pages: 24, 60

Kordzaia-Samadashvili Ana – pages: 15, 29, 59, 61

Bakuradze Shalva – pages: 41, 96

Kvinikadze Nestan (Nene) – pages: 14, 30

Barbakadze Dato – pages: 42, 46

Lezhava Zurab – pages: 77

Benidze Salome – pages: 28, 45

Likokeli Lia – pages: 45

Berdzenishvili Levan – pages: 25, 83, 89, 92

Lobzhanidze Giorgi – pages: 33, 97

Bibilashvili Zaza - pages: 35

Maisuradze Giorgi – pages: 27

Buachidze Andro – pages: 48

Matsaberidze Bondo – pages: 79

Bugadze Lasha – pages: 41, 43, 62, 75, 80, 87, 91

Matskhonashvili Guram

Burchuladze Zaza – pages: 31, 33, 58, 76, 79, 87, 89

Melashvili Tamta – pages: 30, 33, 67, 77, 94

Chekurishvili Bela – pages: 33

Mossulishvili Mikho - pages: 67

Chkvanava Gela – pages: 77

Nadareishvili Tatia – pages: 89

Dochanashvili Guram – pages: 17, 33

Nakhutsrishvili Gaga – pages: 43, 48, 69

Ekvtimishvili Nana – pages: 24, 81, 87, 91

Odisharia Guram – pages: 25, 81

Gabriadze Rezo

Fkhakadze Tamri – pages: 63

Gabunia Davit – pages: 14, 56, 92, 93

Ratiani Zviad – pages: 28, 34, 90

Gachechiladze Revaz – pages: 70

Rtveliashvili Zurab – pages: 35, 44, 90, 96

Gelashvili Naira – pages: 15, 16, 26, 89

Samniashvili Lela – pages: 42

Getiashvili Rezo – pages: 42

Shamugia Paata – pages: 26, 64, 90

Gochiashvili Ela - pages: 41

Shiolashvili Irma - pages: 27

Guruli Iunona – pages: 24

Shugladze Aleko - pages: 82

Haratischwili Nino – pages: 30, 33, 37, 47, 57, 78, 97

Sturua Lia – pages: 47

Iatashvili Shota – pages: 34, 90

Tandashvili Tamar – pages: 32, 61, 92

Jandieri Kote – pages: 45, 68, 93, 95

Tarkhnishvili Nino – pages: 39

Janikashvili Basa – pages: 59

Tavdgiridze Khatuna – pages: 32

Javakhishvili Kato - pages: 34

Tavelidze Irma – pages: 37, 93

Jishkariani Zura – pages: 44, 56, 78, 90, 97

Togonidze Ekaterine – pages: 14, 57, 80

Jorjaneli Nika – pages: 35

Topuria Tea – pages: 39, 84

Jorjoliani Ruska – pages: 32

Turashvili Dato – pages: 43, 46, 62

Karumidze Zurab – pages: 39, 48, 95


The information in this program was correct by 10th of September 2018. For the updated information please visit website of Georgia Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2018: www.georgia-characters.com

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Georgia Made by Characters - Program Frankfurter Buchmesse 10-14 October  
Georgia Made by Characters - Program Frankfurter Buchmesse 10-14 October  
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