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Reading 17 March 2018

EVENING WITH AKA MORCHILADZE

19:00 Location: Leipzig Café Bau Bau, Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 9-11, 04107 Leipzig, Germany Organizer: Georgian National Book Center, Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Weidle Verlag Author: Aka Morchiladze
Moderator: Jan Wiele
Publisher: Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Weidle Verlag
Partner: Konrad Adenauer Foundation Regional Program Political Dialogue in South Caucasus

The Georgian author Aka Morchiladze presents two books to German readers: Santa Esperanza and Journey to Karabakh. 
Aka Morchiladze (born in 1966 in Tbilisi) is arguably the most outstanding and widely recognised talented writer of contemporary Georgian literary fiction. He studied and later taught Georgian History at Tbilisi State University; he has worked as a sports journalist on a sports daily newspaper and in 2000 took part in the famous Literature Express around Europe. Since 1998, the Sulakauri Publishing House has published Aka Morchiladze’s more than twenty novels, three books of short stories and non-fiction. In 2005-2006 he was an author and presenter of one of the most interesting TV programmes to date on literature. Several films and plays have been based on his works. Like Milorad Pavić, his favourite author, Morchiladze believes that a novel need not start at the beginning or proceed in a straight line to the end: he applies Umberto Eco’s theory of the emancipated reader. Mostly he lives and works in London, UK. Morchiladze has won numerous literary prizes in Georgia.