Nugzar Shataidze

Fiction Writer

Nugzar Shataidze was born on March 9, 1944 in Tbilisi. He studied at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and later at Technical Institute, the faculty of physics. His specialty was power engineering. He worked at Tbilisi Power Engineering Station, as an engineer at Georgian State Electric System, as the head of the department at the newspaper “Lelo”, as the head of prose department at publishing house “Merani” and as the head of editorial department at the journal “Omega”. He showed his interest to Georgian literature at an early age. He became interested in Revaz Inanishvili’s, Guram Rcheulishvili’s and others’ works and they deepened his passion for literature. His first story “White Flowers” were published in journal “Tsiskari” in 1968. In 1979, he published his first collection of stories “Stories”.

Nugzar Shataidze is the author of a number of scripts of fiction and documentary films. In addition, he is the coauthor of the script of the soap opera “Hot Dog”.

Bibliography:
  • Short Stories (1979)
  • Old House in a Village, stories (1990)
  • Elikari, short stories (1996)
  • Kheleuri (1998)
  • Short Stories (2001)
  • November Rain, short stories, miniatures, stories, radio-plays (2004)
  • What I wanted in Europe (2004)
  • Story of Bread (2005)
  • Tramway 7, stories; radio plays (2005)
  • Other Side of River, stories (2010)
  • Meeting (2010)
Scripts:
  • Mevlud (1985)
  • Loma (1987)
  • Peitar (1988)
  • Approaching, coauthor of the script together with Aleksandre Kekhviashvili (1989)
  • The Other Side of River, director Giorgi Ovashvili (2008)
Radio Plays:
  • Mekvle
  • Wounded Crane
  • Return
Actor:
  • Khareba and Gogia (1987)
  • Peitar (1988)
  • Fragments of Glass (2003)
Awards:
  • Prize of Writers Union (1995, 1996)
  • State Prize of Georgia (1996)
  • Ilia Foundation Award
  • Literary Award “Saba” in the nomination “The best Prosaic Collection of the Year” for the book “November Rain” (2005)
  • Award for Best Script (On the Other Side of River, director Giorgi Ovashvili) at Internationall Film Festival (France) (2009)