Guram Dochanashvili

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Guram Dochanashvili
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Born (1939-03-26) 26 March 1939 (age 78)
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR
Occupation novelist, short story writer, Archeologist
Literary movement Postmodernism, satire, realism
Notable works First Garment (1975) Water(po)loo (1980)
Spouse Natela Sepiashvili


Guram Dochanashvili (Georgian: გურამ დოჩანაშვილი) (born 26 March 1939) is a Georgian prose writer, a historian by profession, who has been popular for his short stories since the 1970s.


Dochanashvili was born in Tbilisi, the capital of then-Soviet Georgia. Having graduated from the Tbilisi State University in 1962, he worked for the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography, and participated in several archaeological expeditions from 1962 to 1975. He then managed the prose section of the literary magazine Mnatobi from 1975 to 1985. Since 1985, he has been a director-in-chief of the Gruziya-film studio.

Dochanashvili debuted as a writer in 1961. He was immediately noted for his rejection of the Soviet literary dogmas of Socialist Realism, and his dissident views. Since then, he has published dozens of stories and novellas which won him a nationwide acclaim for their fairy-tale lightness and invention.[1] His most popular work is the 1975 novel The First Garment (სამოსელი პირველი) based on the Holy Bible and story of the War of Canudos in 19th-century Brazil.


  • Across the Mountain. Short stories (1966)
  • The Step. Short stories (1969)
  • Glad Hill. Short stories (1971)
  • The First Garment. A novel. Book 1 (1975)
  • First Garment. A novel. Book 2 (1978)
  • First Garment. A novel. Book 3 (1980)
  • First Garment. A novel. Book 4 (1990)
  • Affair. Short stories (1974)
  • Short Stories (1976)
  • The Best Grand-Father. A Fairy Tale for School Children (1976)
  • First Garment. A novel (1982)
  • Two Short Stories (1984)
  • Platform. Short stories (1988)
  • Four Short Stories (1991)
  • Short Stories. Second Edition (1987)
  • A Man Who Loved Literature (2001)
  • Five Short Stories (2002)
  • Brother’s. A short story (2002)
  • Waterloo or Reconstruction Works. A short story (2002)
  • Only One Man. Short stories (2002)
  • The First Garment. A novel (2002)
  • He was Seeking: Some Kind of Short Story, Partially Detective (2002)
  • Difficult. Short stories (2002)
  • Khorumi is a Georgian Dance. Play (2003)
  • Boulder on Which Once there was a Church, a novel (2002)
  • Western Omara and Givia and Planet Hollywood. A novel (2005)
  • Until the Time. Short stories (1991)
  • The Kezheradzes. Four short stories (2005)
  • Collected Stories. In Four Volumes (2003)
  • Song without Words (1983)
  • What I Remember and Recollect More Often (2010)


  • Literary Award Saba for The Contribution in the Development of Literature (2010)
  • Saint George’s Order for Establishing Moral Values, Patriarchate of Georgia (2013)


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