Chabua Amiredjibi

An iconic Georgian writer, born in Tbilisi in a noble family. Amiredjibi’s parents and close relatives became victims of Stalin’s terror in 1937. In April 1944, he was arrested and sentenced to twenty-five years in the Gulag in Siberia. In fact he returned to Georgia in 1960 after 16 years in detention, three prison escapes, and two death sentences. In his homeland he began his literary career in his late 30s and quickly attracted attention with his first volumes of stories. Amiredjibi’s  most famous novel, ”Data Tutashkhia”, was first published in 1973 , gaining sensational success and the fame for the writer. Conceived while in  Amiredjibi’s years in prison, it was only though the intervention of the Georgian Communist Party chief Eduard Shevardnadze that this substantial novel passed the Soviet censors and got published.

On November 16, 2010, he was ordained as a Georgian Orthodox monk under the name of David.