Born in 1968. Dato Kardava (the pseudonym of Jimsher Rekhviashvili) in 1992 graduated from Tbilisi State University’s physics faculty. For over twenty years he has been a working journalist and at the same time writing prose works. His first stories were published in the magazine Arili in the 1990s. Since 2002 he has been a reporter and blogger at the Tbilisi office of Radio Liberty. His first prose collection Noah’s Doves came out in 2005. In 2011 his extended essay A Toilet Reader was printed. Both books were nominated for the SABA literary prize. He has won several other prizes for journalism and literature. His stories have several times appeared in collections of the best short stories. In 2011 a story of his was included in the anthology 21st Century Georgian Short Stories. In 2013 he published a collection of essays about the River Mtkvari, The Mtkvari and its Two Banks.


  • Esau’s Hands, Intelekti Publishing, 2015
  • The Mtkvari and its Two Banks, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2013 
  • A Toilet Reader, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2011
  • Noah’s Doves, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2005 


  • Literary prize LITERA 2016 in the category The Best Prose Collection for the Esau’s Hands   

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