Born in 1993 in Kutaisi, Georgia is one of the most talented and promising authors in Georgian literature. In 2011 he entered Tbilisi State University and studied Humanities at department of History. Main subject of his researches is the anarchist movements of the 20th century Caucasus region. In 2012 Tsotne himself joined the eco-anarchist movement and took part in several strikes which were the expression of solidarity for the people who live and work in Georgia’s industrial towns. He very often visited these places and had personally interviewed the local population. This experience was reflected in his short stories. His debut short story Underground, which was published in 2013 in magazine Literary Palette (Palitra) and immediately gained popularity, describes lives and hopes of miners working in Tkibuli, a small town in west Georgia. Generally, the subject of young author’s stories are different: birdwatching and psychedelic music, politics and philosophy, and sometimes mythology too. In 2015 was published his first short story collection The Town and the Saints by Bakur Sulakauri Publishing. The collection is a compilation of the stories that narrate about lives and problems of the people living in the abandoned and forgotten areas, very often the towns themselves are the characters of the stories. The psych-geographical view of the reality is one of the main reasons why Tskhvediani’s stories are very touching and interesting. As the author remarked John Steinbeck, Jack London, Andrei Platonov and Georgian “Narodnik” writers hugely influenced his works. His story The Golden Town was selected for the annual Georgian Prose Anthology “15 Best Short Stories”, announced as the best short story of 2014 and received the BSP (Bakur Sulakauri Publishing) award. The story was also selected for the annual anthology BEST EUROPEAN FICTION which is published by Dalkey Archive Press in USA.
- The Town and the Saints, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2014
LITERARY PRIZES AND AWARDS
- 15 Best Short Stoires 2014, BSP-Bakur Sulakauri Publishing literary award for The Golden Town
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