Vazha-Pshavela by Mikho Mosulishvili
Genre: Biography, Mosaic novel
The text in original language (Georgian)
Word count – 66 800
Characters (with spaces) per page – 1,800
Characters (with spaces) per all pages – 497,193
A hypothetical number of pages – 497,193 ⁚ 1,800 = 276.22
‘I wanted to be a grass for mowing,
I didn’t want being a scythe…’
– From poem ‘My Entreaty’ by Vazha-Pshavela, 1893
Vazha-Pshavela is the pen name of the Georgian poet and writer Luka Razikashvili (1862 -1915), noted Natural philosopher, Georgian patriot and author of the highest calibre in the field of world literature.
Professor of London University, translator of Vazha’s works in English – Donald Rayfield notes:
‘As the Georgian futurists admitted, when repudiating all the past, ‘Vazha stands outside time and space’. He is qualitatively of a greater magnitude that any other Georgian writer.’*
This biographical and mosaic novel** will we know what to look like Vazha-Pshavela: from ancient Greek mythology characters Laocoön, three ancient Greek tragedians (Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles), the divine poet Homer and the genius Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi…
We see that it easily can be compared to the same level in creativity: Ovid, Goethe, Shakespeare, Ilia Chavchavadze, Robert Burns, Ernest Hemingway, Anandavardhana and others; but we see also how the original is Vazha-Pshavela and how many greatest are its meaning in today’s world, whether is involved in the confrontation of East-West…
This book show new version of life Vazha-Pshavela and unique style of his thinking.
The discovery may be regarded as the author’s observation that the five epic poems of Vazha-Pshavela (‘Aluda Ketelauri’ (1888), ‘Bakhtrioni’ (1892), ‘Host and Guest’ (1893), ‘The avenger of the blood’ (1897), ‘Snake eater’ (1901)) is based on the principle Golden ratio, thus this poems resembles the works of Ancient and Renaissance authors.
Mikho Mosulishvili asserts, that Vazha-Pshavela rising from the depth of creativity of Georgian mythology, which makes it original event on background of the world’s literature and will significantly increase the magnitude of Georgian literature.
October 8, 2011 Mikho Mosulishvili was awarded of the literary competition of Tbilisi City Assembly Gala (literary prize) in the following nomination: ‘The best reference book of year’ (The best handbook) for biographical and mosaic novel Vazha-Pshavela.
* Rayfield, D. (2013). The Literature of Georgia. New York: Routledge, p. 187.
** A mosaic novel is a novel in which individual chapters or short stories share a common setting or set of characters with the aim of telling a linear story from beginning to end, with the individual chapters, however, refracting a plurality of viewpoints and styles.
- Georgia, Tbilisi: Pegasi Publishing, 2011 – ISBN: 978-9941-9179-6-7