ბაბო შერვაშიძის მემუარები — ნონფიქშენის საყურადღებო ნიმუში

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2019
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უნივერსალი
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As observed rightly by literary critics, in our time the so called non-fiction" prose attracts a lot of attention. These are genuine and non-fiction-based texts - blogs, epistles, memoirs, sketches, etc. The Georgian literary space is not an exception. It is enriched with both original and translated samples of non-fiction. One of these examples is the memories written by Barbara Sharvashidze (1859-1946), the youngest daughter of Mikheil Sharvashidze (1806-1866), the last ruler of Abkhazia. The memoirs are written in English and printed on a typewriter, decorated with photos and sketches. It was kept in the family collection of the descendants of the author of the memoirs. This year the Georgian publishing house "Artanuji" (translated and equipped with the reference apparatus by Doctor of History Maia Tsertsvadze) has published the Georgian translation of the memoires, which we believe is an important literary fact. Babo Sharvasvadze was born in Likhni, Abkhazia. In 1907, in St. Petersburg she married a well-known political figure, lawyer, deputy chairman of the Russian Duma, Estonian Baron Aleksandra Meiandorf (1869-1964) After the revolution of Russia in October 1917, the couple went abroad and lived there until their deaths. Babo Sharvashvadze died in England. While living in England as an emigrant, she wrote and left the memoires to her spouse. Babo Sharvashvadze led a politically and socially active life, was close to the Russian Imperial Court, was a lady-in-waiting to the Russian Empress and participated in charity events. The memoirs tell us about the dramatic life and the adventures of the family of the author against the background of fundamental events of the epoch. The author retells the reader about the last days of the Abkhazian principality and the banishment of her father from Abkhazia by the Russian Empire. She also discusses Abkhazian-Georgian relations, the Russian Imperial Court and other events directly witnessed by her. The Georgian reader's special interest is provoked by the description of episodes of an extremely complex and interesting Georgian public life at the junction of the 19th-20th cc and the revival of the protagonist characters as well as presentation of cultural and household regalia of the time in question. It would be suffice to mention the events concerning Dimitri Kipiani's funeral described in the memoirs. The paper is dedicated to the presentation of Babo Shavashvadze's memoirs as a distinguished example of the genre of non-fiction, as well as the determination of their place in Georgian literary space.
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Babo Sharvashvadze, Non-fiction
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III International Symposium for Young Scholars in the Humanities (Symposium proceedings)
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