Otar Chiladze

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ოთარ ჭილაძე
Otar Chiladze
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Born March 20, 1933
Sighnaghi, Soviet Union
Died October 1, 2009
Tbilisi, Georgia
Occupation writer, novelist,poet
Language Georgian
Nationality Georgian
Genre Historical fiction, Poetry, Philosophical fiction
Subject History, Bible
Literary movement Magic realism, Postmodernism
Notable works A Man Was Going Down the Road
Relatives Tamaz Chiladze (Brother)

Otar Chiladze (Georgian: ოთარ ჭილაძე) (March 20, 1933 — October 1, 2009) was a Georgian writer who played a prominent role in the resurrection of Georgian prose in the post-Joseph Stalin era. His novels characteristically fuse Sumerian and Hellenic mythology with the predicaments of a modern Georgian intellectual.[1]

Biography[edit]

Chiladze was born in Sighnaghi, a town in Kakheti, the easternmost province of then-Soviet Georgia. He graduated from the Tbilisi State University with a degree in journalism in 1956. His works, primary poetry, first appeared in the 1950s. At the same time, Chiladze engaged in literary journalism, working for leading magazines in Tbilisi. He gained popularity with his series of lengthy, atmospheric novels, such as A Man Was Going Down the Road (1972–3), Everyone That Findeth Me (1976), Avelum (1995), and others. He was a chief editor of the literary magazine Mnatobi since 1997. Chiladze also published several collections of poems and plays. He was awarded the Shota Rustaveli Prize in 1983 and the State Prize of Georgia in 1993.[1]

Chiladze died after a long illness in October 2009 and was buried at the Mtatsminda Pantheon in Tbilisi, where some of the most prominent writers, artists, scholars, and national heroes of Georgia are buried.[2] His elder brother Tamaz Chiladze is also a writer.

Bibliography[edit]

Otar Chiladze's novels characteristically fuse Sumerian and Hellenic mythology with the predicaments of a modern Georgian intellectual. He gained popularity with his series of lengthy, atmospheric novels, such as A Man Was Going Down the Road (1972-3), Everyone That Findeth Me (1976), Avelum (1995), and others. Otar Chiladze who became a Georgian classic author during his lifetime was awarded some Highest State Prizes of Georgia and in 1998 was nominated for the Nobel Prize along with five other writers. His works are translated into English, Russian , Armeinan , Estonian , Serbian, French, Danish, German, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Czech, Slovakian and Spanish. Otar Chiladze’s novels A Man Was Going Down the Road and Avelum, translated by Donald Rayfield, were published in the United Kingdom in 2012 and 2013.

  • The Cloud, Intelekti Publishing, 2014
  • The Sky Starts on Earth, Intelekti Publishing, 2010
  • Poetry Collection, Pegasi Publishing, 2010
  • Eternity Ahead, Intelekti Publishing, 2009
  • 100 Poems, Intelekti Publishing, 2009
  • Tsete’s Red Boots, Pegasi Publishing, 2007.
  • Happy Martyr, Logos Press Publishing, 2003
  • The Basket, Rustavi 2 Print, 2003, Arete Publishing, 2006
  • The Stairs, Publishing Sani, 2003
  • Avelum, Merani Publishing, 1995
  • The March Rooster, Merani Publishing, 1987, Arete Publishing 2007
  • Remember Life, Publishing Sov.Georgia, 1984, Pegasi Publishing, 2010
  • The Iron Theatre, Merani Publishing, 1981, Arete Publishing, 2007
  • Everyone That Findeth Me, Publishing Sov. Georgia, 1975, Arete Publishing, 2007
  • The Other Side of Heart, Publishing Sov. Georgia,1974
  • A Man Was Going Down the Road, Merani Publishing, 1973, Arete 2007
  • Nine Long Poems, Publishing Sov. Georgia, 1969,
  • The Child Humored the Guests, Merani Publishing, 1968
  • Clay Tablets, Publishing Sov. Georgia, 1963,
  • Trains and Passengers, Publishing Sov. Writer, 1959

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