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Mariam Bekauri

Mari Bekauri, born 8 January 1990 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated from Tbilisi State University with a specialization in psychology. She actively appeared in the literary arena in 2009 when her short story "Sisters" was published. Following this, she was published in various literary publications. At the 2009 "Autumn Legend" competition her short story "The Laundry Blues" was esteemed by the Tbilisi City Hall committee. In the same competition in 2010, she was nominated the "Jury's Favourite" for the short story "Walls". She won the first prizes in the "Crane" 2010 literary competition and in the 2011 "Fresh Grass" literary festival. In 2012, the short story "Sisters" was included into the "Anthology of Georgian Prose" published in the U.S. under the title "Contemporary Georgian Fiction". Mari's short stories have been included into the "15 Best Short Stories of the Year" collection, published annually by Bakur Sulakauri Publishing in Tbilisi: in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Her first short story collection "Electrogeneration" was published in 2012.

Grandma, Ray and America

Size: 110x170 mm
Number of pages: 120
Copyright holder: "Bakur Sulakauri Publishing"
Contact: Elene Pasuri,
What do you leave your husband, home, your parents, your country for? What is that feeling, when you definitely have to leave to see everything that a very far, surreal country has to offer? How much of a risk can a young girl take to just see what her favorite music used to tell her about? Is it worth it? Can you survive all alone in the huge, foreign land? Can you forget everything you were taught in childhood? Would you want to forget everything? And which is stronger: The roots your homeland gives you, the wings of exploring, or the whiskey you drank in the bar?

Mariam Bekauri's debut novel "Grandma, Ray and America" speaks about the biggest dilemma of the generation, analyzing, experiencing and surviving through ideals, expectations and most importantly the traditions, which are so hard to abandon.

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