Guram Odisharia

Poet, Fiction Writer

Guram Odisharia was born on September 24, 1951 in Sokhumi. In 1975, he graduated from Abkhazian State University, the faculty of history-philology. He was a correspondent at Abkhazian radio broadcasting and regional newspaper of Abkhazia, a literary consultant of writers’ union of Abkhazia, editor-in-chief of the journal “Ritsa”, and a director of the Abkhazian branch of the publishing house “Merani”. His first verse was published in 1969. He is the author of nine poetic and ten prosaic books, a number of plays, film and television scripts. Among his novels the following can be distinguished: “The Ocean of the Black Sea”, “Return to Sokhumi” and “President’s Cat”. In addition, it is worth mentioning his play: “The Sea which is far”, which was staged by the director Temur Chkheidze. His works are translated into English, Russian, Ukrainian, Abkhazian, Turkish, Armenian and Italian languages. In 2012, he was appointed as a Minister of Culture of Georgia.

Bibliography:
  • Songs for You, Verses (1978)
  • Peace to this House, Verses (1982)
  • Calling Out Rain, Poems (1984)
  • Seven Pictures for a Child, Verses, Poem (1986)
  • Salamia, Short stories and fairy tales (1988)
  • Tree of Midnight, Verses (1990)
  • The Key of the Sea, Verses (1991)
  • Sonata about Sokhumi and You, Verses (1994)
  • Returning in Sokhumi (1995)
  • Rain is Broadcasted in Sokhumi (1997)
  • The Ocean of the Black Sea, a novel (2000)
Awards:
  • State Award of Georgia
  • Ilia Chavchavadze Award
  • Award of the Publishing House “Lomisi”
  • Award of Theatrical Society of Georgia
  • Giorgi Sharvashidze Award
  • Chekhov’s Gold Medal
  • Award of Journalists’ International Association “Gold Wing”