Jemal Karchkhadze

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Jemal Karchkhadze
Born(1936-05-13)13 May 1936
Ukhuti, Georgian SSR
Died(1998-11-08)8 November 1998
Tbilisi, Georgia
OccupationNovelist, short story writer,
Literary movementModernism, magical realism
Notable worksAntonio and David Zebulon Igi

Jemal Karchkhadze (Georgian: ჯემალ ქარჩხაძე; 1936–1998) was a Georgian writer. He is the author of six novels, some short stories and essays. His works are conceptual and gained popularity after his death. His novel Antonio and David (ანტონიო და დავითი, 1987) was published in Swedish in 2013 and in Arabic in 2014.

Jemal Karchkhadze was born in 1936 in the village of Ukhuti in Vani in western Georgia. He graduated in 1960 with a degree in Georgian language and literature at Tbilisi State University. His short story Igi (იგი) was published in 1977. This was followed by his most important novels The Caravan (ქარავანი, 1984), Antonio and David (ანტონიო და დავითი, 1987) and Zebulon (ზებულონი, 1988). He died in 1998 in Tbilisi.

Jemal Karchkhadze was granted three literary awards: 1999 – Georgian State Award for Dimension (განზომილება) and for his Contribution to the National Literature; 2007 – Award “Gala” for Complete Short Stories; 2007 – Award Librarian’s Choice for a novel Antonio and David (ანტონიო და დავითი).


  • The Prince and The Dragon, Karckhadze Publishing, 2014
  • Antonio and David, 1987, Karchkhadze Publishing 2009, 2014
  • Igi,1977, Diogene Publishing, 2001
  • Complete Short Stories, Karchkhadze Publishing 2012
  • The Dimension, 2001, Karchkhadze Publishing, 2008, 2012
  • The Lodger, 1979, Karchkhadze Publishing, 2008, 2011
  • The Caravan, 1984, Karchkhadze Publishing 2012
  • Zebulon, 1988, Karchkhadze Publishing, 2005, 2012
  • The Remorse of Jupiter, 1994, Karchkhadze Publishing 2009
  • Flower of Magnolia or Grandmother Ann’s Death, Diogene Publishing, 1999

Literary Prizes and Awards[edit]

  • Librarian’s Choice Award 2007 for a novel "Antonio and David"
  • Literary prize GALA 2007 in category the best prose for Complete Short Stories
  • Georgian State Award 1999 for his Contribution to the National Literature and the novel The Dimension