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Lezhava Zurab


After military service, the life of Zurab Lezhava (born 1960 in Tbilisi) took a dramatic turn: an argument with a Russian policeman ended in a brawl, and he was convicted of grievous bodily harm and sent to a prison camp. In prison where he spent sixteen years, he began to write stories and carve wooden sculptures. On account of his na├»ve style, literary critics compare him with the Georgian painter and autodidact Pirosmani and he ranks among the country’s most important contemporary writers. His stories stand out in modern Georgian literature for their originality. In 2010, he was awarded Georgia’s highly regarded GALA Literature Prize.