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Café Culture: Writing from a Georgian Literary Festival

March 2021

In this collection, originally published in the March 2021 issue, we publish writers appearing in “Georgia’s Fantastic Tavern: Where Europe Meets Asia,” an online festival of Georgian writers inspired by the café culture of Georgia’s first democratic republic of 1918–21, which took place online from February 25 to 28, 2021.

History Interrupted: Georgia’s Broken Thread
By Maya Jaggi
Geography has been destiny for Georgia and its literature.
The Southern Mammoth
By Archil Kikodze
“You’ve got to act fast in this city.”
Translated from Georgian by Maya Kiasashvili
A Small Country
By Lasha Bugadze
“People get killed for less nowadays . . . “
Translated from Georgian by Maya Kiasashvili
In Search of Lavrenti Beria
By Tamta Melashvili
“The troika was the Holy Trinity of its time.”
Translated from Georgian by Donald Rayfield
Falling Apart
By Davit Gabunia
“He can run from this business but he can’t hide.”
Translated from Georgian by Adham Smart