The project of World Book Capital was launched by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2001 to promote books and support development of the publishing industry.
According to classic writer Alexandre Kazbegi (1848-1893): “Dark and withdrawn winter has long since passed, and taken with it the lead-colored clouds associated with sadness.”
On March 19, 2015, the “Living Culture of the Three Types of the Ancient Georgian Alphabet'' was awarded the status of the National Intangible Heritage Monument.
The Georgian writers of old times had different working conditions. Of course, some of them were very rich, like the General and poet Grigol Orbeliani were very rich, some of them belonged to the middle-class, while others, like Vazha-Pshavela were quite poor and only survived thanks to their peasant work or as one would say in those times, “operated the hoe”, were quite poor.
Poetry is a space, independent and free of terrestrial norms and frames. It is a space, where borders are set up by poets themselves.
With the advent of New Year’s Eve, just at the close of day, doors would come ajar all over Tbilisi. Word had it that the good old breeze—that spirit, that pleasant sensation, that brisk, ethereal waft of luck would appear at dusk and glide gently door to door, into each household.
Shota Rustaveli’s “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin” is a poem that invites a reader to an adventure and exposure to the unknown and mysterious. This is a poem of a great hope for all mankind that “The evil is overcome by Good, for Its essence is infinite.”
As a friend of mine always says, there are two kinds of people in this world: Gurians, and everybody else. “Mind you,” he’ll then add, “Gurians aren’t descended from Egros, but from Kartlos, like most other Georgians”. And that’s what makes Guria a land of paradoxes, or paradoxical, if you will. More about that later. Guria truly is a beautiful place. It’s also the poorest place you’ve ever seen.