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Zurab Karumidze

Zurab Karumidze was born in 1957. He got his degree in English from Tbilisi State University; he got his PhD in 1984 for the dissertation on the Wit and Conceit in the poetry of John Donne. He worked for years as a research associate for the Center for XX Century Literary studies at the Tbilisi State University. In 1994-95 he had a stint at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a visiting Fulbright Scholar studying Post-Modernist American meta-fiction. Two of his short stories were published in the USA (Clockwatch Review, Bloomington, IL, 1996). His publications include a collection of short stories "Opera" (1998), novels "The Winedark Sea" (2000), "Of Goats and Men" (2003) and "Dagny or a Love Feast" (2006). He co-edited (with James Wertsch) the book "Enough: Rose Revolution in the Republic of Georgia, 2003" (Nova Science Publishers, New York, 2005). His book on the history of jazz music – "The Life of Jazz" – came out in 2009 and received Georgia's #1 Literary Award "Saba" (2010). He is an international fellow of the Center for Humanities at the Washington University in St. Louis. From 2010 he works for the International Foundation for Sustainable Development.

Dagny or a Love Feast 

Size: 140x200 mm
Number of pages: 216
Copyright holder: "Siesta"
Contact: Kate Kighuradze,
Novel is written in English. As the title suggests, there are two contrasting stories unfolding in this novel: оne is of the Norwegian poetess and dramatist Dagny Juel (1867-1901) – a beautiful and creative woman, whose errant life brings her to a totally foreign country. Dagny Juel was an inspiration to such celebrities as Edward Munch, August Strindberg, Gustav Vigeland, and was the "Queen" of Berlin bohemia in the 1890s. The other story is a phantasmagoric mixture of religious mysticism and eroticism, mythic origins of arts and politics. It is a play with various cultural themes, traversing such extremes as Shamanic Art and Bach's Art of the Fugue, Gnosticism and Modernist esthetics, Magic and Linguistics. This mix of themes and ideas is rendered in a story of a so called Agape – the Love Feast – a half-religious half-artistic event. The topos where the Love Feast interacts/intersects with reality is a city of limitless feasting and wine-crazed discussion – Tiflis. Read an extract...



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