Presentation 16 March 2018


17:00 Location: Leipzig Leipzig Book Fair, Forum Literatur Halle 5: Stand K600 Messe-Allee 1, 04356 Leipzig, Germany Organizer: Georgian National Book Center, Weidle Verlag Author: Zurab Karumidze
Moderator: Stefan Weidle
Publisher: Weidle Verlag, 2017
Partner: Konrad Adenauer Foundation Regional Program Political Dialogue in South Caucasus

Dagny or a Love Feast is a novel written in English. In 2012 it was longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award. In 2014 the novel was published in the US by Dalkey Archive Press. As the title suggests, there are two contrasting storylines unfolding in the novel: One of the Norwegian poetess and dramatist Dagny Juel (1867-1901), a beautiful and creative woman, whose errant life brings her to a totally foreign country. Dagny Juel was an inspiration to such celebrities as Edward Munch, August Strindberg, Gustav Vigeland, and was the “Queen” of the Berlin bohemia of the 1890s. The other story is a phantasmagoric mixture of religious mysticism and eroticism, mythic origins of arts and politics. It is a play with various cultural themes, traversing such extremes as shamanic art and Bach’s art of the fugue, Gnosticism and modernist esthetics, magic and linguistics. This mix of themes and ideas is rendered in a story of a so called Agape, the “Love Feast” a half-religious half-artistic event. The “Topos”-place where the “Love Feast” intersects with reality is the city of limitless feasting and wine-crazed discussion – Tiflis.