Reading 05 October 2018


19:30 Location: Nuremberg Stadtbibliothek Zentrum, Lernwelt, Ebene L0, Gewerbemuseumsplatz 4, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany Organizer: Aufbau Verlag, Statbibliothek Zentrum, Georgischen Kulturvereins INKO Nürnberg e.V. Author: Zaza Burchuladze
Publisher: Aufbau Verlag

Inflatable Angel
The game of “Summoning Spirits” is still quite popular in Georgia. During the game, the invoked spirit(s) gives signs to the players and confirms its presence. What will happen if one of the summoned spirits does not want to go back and decides to stay and live with the players? The new novel by Zaza Burchuladze narrates such a story. At exactly the same time as the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano filled Europe’s skies with ash causing airlines to cancel flights, a young married couple, Niko and his wife Nino, are holding a spiritual session in a small apartment in Tbilisi, capital city of Georgia. The summoned spirit the couple wants to call up is a renowned mystic of 20th century – Giorgi Gurjiev but as a result of the game Gurjiev appears not only in spirit, but in flesh and blood and is highly communicative. The young hosts are initially confused by the drift of events and are unhappy about the prospect of their new guest staying. However, gradually they realize that Gurjiev’s spirit may bring them great benefits, like helping them get their hands on one million Euros. Yet the young hosts will not escape without dealing with some unpleasant eventualities. In 2011 The Inflatable Angel won the IliaUni literary prize as the best novel of the year.