Iconic Georgian Writer Chabua Amirejibi Dies At 92-
Chabua Smirejibi, a prominent Georgian writer died at the age of 92. His novel "Data Tutashkhia" is recognized as the best work of the 20th century Georgian literature.-1tv
The novel achieved sensational success for the magazine Tsiskari and fame for the writer himself. Conceived while Amirejibi's years in prison, it was only through the intervention of the contemporary Georgian Communist Party chief Eduard Shevardnadze that this substantial novel of over 700 pages, passed the Soviet censors and got published.
The novel is a story of a Georgian outlaw of the Imperial Russian period, a very popular theme in Georgian literature, and combines thrilling escapades with Dostoevskian dealings with the fate of an individual and national soul.
Amirejibi briefly returned to politics in July 2009, when he joined the movement Daitsavi Sakartvelo ("Defend Georgia"), allied with the opposition to President Mikheil Saakashvili's government.
On November 16, 2010, he was consecrated as a Georgian Orthodox monk under the name of David. Due to his health condition, the ceremony was conducted at the writer's own apartment.
The Georgian writer Chabua Amirejibi will be buried in Didube Pantheon, Deputy Minister of Culture Manana Berikashvili told journalists.
The Deputy Minster says that by order of the Prime Minister, a special commission has been set up in the Ministry of culture that will organize the burial.
"The state will cover the expenses and we'll do our best to see that everything is carried out with dignity. I convey condolences to all of Georgia on the death of Chabua Amirejibi", Manana Berikashvili said.
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