Guram Rcheulishvili

Fiction Writer

Guram Rcheulishvili was born on July 4, 1934 in Tbilisi. In 1957, he graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, the faculty of history. His first short stories, which were published in the magazine “Tsiskari” in 1957, brought him great success. His career as a writer continued only for three years. During his lifetime, seven short stories were published: “Grandfather Kote’s Autumn”, “Mouse Trap”, “Love in March”, “Slow Tango”, “Tvirtvila”, “Nameless Uplistsikheli” and “Death in the Mountain”. Rcheulishvili’s prose was distinguished by diversity of themes, documentary-like style, capacious dialogues and meticulousness of narration. Quick temper, firmness, passion and whim of his characters are intermingled with human warmth and tolerance. His small literary heritage (short stories, miniatures, plays) played a significant role in the development of Georgian prose. His works are translated into German, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Czech and Russian languages. The following films use his scripts – “Alaverdoba”, “Nameless Uplistsikheli”. He died tragically at the age of 26 in Gagra while trying to rescue a young girl from drowning. He died on August 23, 1960 and was buried in Vake Cemetery.

Bibliography
  • “Salamura”, a collection of short stories (1961)
  • Short Stories (1995)
  • Iulon Tragedy I, dramatic novel, December 1958 (1994)
  • Shasha’s Revolution or Revolution in Ortachala on ”Bambis Rigi” (Cotton Row)
  • Book in Six Volumes (2002-2008)
  • Slow Tango, short stories (2005)