BURCHULADZE ZAZA

Born in 1973 is a contemporary postmodern writer and dramatist. He graduated the monumental and ornamental painting department of Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and began writing and publishing his books at the age of 24. Until 2001, he used to publish his works under the pen-name of Gregory Zamza. His short stories have been regularly published in Georgian literary and art magazines. Zaza Burchuladze translated numerous Russian contemporary novels and classics, some of these include authors like Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Vladimir Sorokin. He worked as a freelance journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and taught literature and contemporary art at the Caucasian Media Institute. Zaza Burchuladze’ narratives often startle the audience with his experimental way of writing and the provocative themes that the author takes up and mostly are considered taboos: he writes texts about political conformity, stories about violence and brutality, addressing ideological and religious topics as well as sexuality. In Georgia, he is well known not only for his scandalous novels, but also as a very talented actor who successfully starred in a Georgian feature movie in 2008. Burchuladze’s novels have been translated and published in Russia, Poland and Romania. His novel The Inflatable Angel won the prize of 'Best Novel of the Year' in 2011, an annual literary award held by Ilia State University. He was invited to la Nuit de la Littérature 2014 in Paris, France. In 2011, he was a participant of the Literary Colloquium in Berlin. 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Tourist’s Breakfast, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2015
  • Norma, essays, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2012
  • The Inflatable Angel, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2011
  • Conformist's Essays, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2010
  • Adibas, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2009
  • The Other Key, Siesta Publishing House, 2008
  • Phonogram, Siesta Publishing House, 2008
  • Instant Kafka, Siesta Publishing House, 2005; Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2010
  • Mineral Jazz, Logos Press Publishing/Merani 2003, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2010
  • Gospel According to Donkey, Logos Press Publishing, 2005 
  • A Letter to Mother, Azri Publishing, 2002

LITERARY PRIZES AND AWARDS

  • IliaUni Literary prize 2011 in category the best novel for The Inflatable Angel
  • 15 Best Stories - BSP-Bakur Sulakauri Publishing literary award 2008 for the short story Passive Attack
  • The Tsinandali award 2003 in category the Best Novel for Mineral Jazz


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