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Jemal Karchkhadze

Jemal Karchkhadze was born in 1936 in the village of Ukhuti in western Georgia, and died on 20 March 1998 in Tbilisi. He completed his secondary education in the city of Kutaisi, after which he moved to the capital to continue his studies at Tbilisi State University, from which he graduated in 1960 with a degree in Georgian language and literature. His earliest writings date from this period. Karchkhadze held various posts between 1961 and 1982 before deciding to give up regular employment so as to devote himself to his writing full-time.  Jemal Karchkhadze's first published works were very well received by the public, but were met with harsh criticism from the Soviet critics of the time. In spite of this, he continued to write regularly and to publish his works. It is worth noting that Jemal Karchkhadze received no award or prize during his lifetime. Karchkhadze was rediscovered in the new millennium by a new generation, and today his popularity continues to rise and rise. His works are now set texts in Georgian schools.

Antonio and David

Size: 130x200 mm
Number of pages: 148
Copyright holder:
"Karchkhadze Publishing"
Contact: George Karchkhadze,

The novel was first published in 1986. This novel is set in medieval Georgia, and the narrator is an Italian traveller who visits the country together with a group of European missionaries. Antonio and David is a tense drama in which the struggle to save man's soul plays out against a strife-ridden background of historical realities and religious discourse. This emotionally charged novel is written with faultless skill and in a strikingly refined language. Read an extract...



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