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Zurab Lezhava

Zurab Lezhava was born in 1960, in Tbilisi, Georgia. After graduating from the Technical College, he started to work in the stately-owned printing house. In 1982, he was imprisoned for resistance against police and spent 16 years in jail. Zura is a self-made artist and currently earns his living by writing. He has three books – a novel and two short stories which have been published in various literary magazines. The University of Illinois published his short story "Sex for Fridge" under the "Best European Fiction 2011" anthology. The majority of his works were written in jail.

Literary Awards and Prizes:
2010 > Literary award Gala for the Best Book of the year
2009 > Bakur Sulakauri Literary Award for The Best Short Story of the year

Buy Our Souls

Size: 130x195 mm
Number of pages: 136  
Copyright holder: "Bakur Sulakauri Publishing" Contact: Elene Pasuri,

Zurab Lezhava is called by his admirers the "Pirosmani of prose" (painter Niko Pirosmani was a Georgian Henry Rousseau). Notwithstanding his naïve style, the stories he tells are deeply mesmerizing and sometimes even horrible to read. The writer spent 16 years in prison, and he reflected these terribly traumatizing 16 years quite expressively in his writing. Would you like to know what the real hell looks like? Indeed, the reader may initially have the feeling that he finds himself in a hell. By the end, however, the reader will discover that this hell is the prison in fact, or even life after prison, when even an "ancient" fridge may get bartered for sex. Read an extract...



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