Swans under Snow by Mikho Mosulishvili
Genre: Short-short stories in a style of traditional Japanese storytelling ‘Zuihitsu’ and with Satori (“enlightenment”)
The text in original language (Georgian)
Word count – 35 345
Characters (with spaces) per page – 1,800
Characters (with spaces) per all pages – 261,780
A hypothetical number of pages – 261,780 ⁚ 1,800 = 145.43
‘Everything started by a word and a word will end it all.’
Zuihitsu (“follow the brush”) is a genre of Japanese literature consisting of loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas that typically respond to the author’s surroundings. The name is derived from two Kanji meaning “at will” and “pen.” As a genre largely focused on personal writing and contemplation, zuihitsu writings tend to explore issues reflective of attitudes pervasive at the time of their composition.
The author from the Post-Soviet period of Georgia Mikho Mosulishvili tries to write his extraordinary short-short stories with the Satori (“enlightenment”) method in meditative practice a Zen – internal personal experience of experience of comprehension of true nature (person) through achievement of “a condition of one thought”.
He observes subjects or phenomenons longest time, sometimes for years and when they is “enlightenment” unusually, – only then writes. For example:
The River of the Soul
(Short-short story by Mikho Mosulishvili)
If you, weary of the dim, harassing life decide to spend some of your miserable time at the river, it will surely bring along your corpse. But where are you going to be then? Still on the bank or will the Soul River drift you away?
You can look and read 105 more approximately of such short-short stories in the book Mikho Mosulishvili ‘Swans under snow’.
- Tbilisi, Georgia: Saari Publishing, 2004 – ISBN: 99940-29-30-4
- Ludwigsburg, Germany: Pop Verlag, 2017 – ISBN: 978-3-86356-170-3