Reading 08 June 2018


19:00 Location: Berlin Klak Fabrik, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 44, 10999 Berlin, Germany Organizer: Georgian national Book Center, Klak Verlag Author: Kote Jandieri
Moderator: Alexander Kartozia
Reading by Matthias Scherwenikas
Publisher: Klak Verlag
Among Kote Jandieri`s short stories we can in particular highlight a longer story, or short novel Globalization. It is a story about an ordinary man who witnesses epochal events throughout Georgia’s history. The whole story is narrated by a disabled peasant farmer from the region of Kakhetia. The story of the events which befall his family acts as a mirror to the troubled history of twentieth and twenty-first century Georgia. The inhabitants of the small village experience every turmoil of the entire country. They live through the period of the Russian Revolution when Georgia was a part of the Russian Empire. There followed the short-lived period of Georgian independence between 1917 and 1921, the subsequent civil war, Stalin’s purges, the Second World War, Soviet communism, the collapse of the Soviet Union and then the armed conflicts in Abkhazia and Ossetia and the aftermath. Some people are flexible enough to adapt to the new capitalist system and the requirements of globalisation, such as the entrepreneurial peasant woman who opens a coffee shop, but many are lost and confused. Living in freedom appears too complicated and uncomfortable for many people. Orthodox Christianity which had been so much repressed under the Soviet Union, suddenly also became intolerant of any other beliefs. The Kakhetian peasant-narrator tells his sad story with humour and in the characteristic regional dialect. The tragic story of his sister who became a Jehovah’s Witness is just one of many stories of those who have had to endure similar persecution, right up to the present day.