Dimensions: 135 x 195 mm
Word: ≈ 50 000
Author: Archil Kikodze
The Southern Elephant is one of the best Georgian novels of the 21st century. It has two main characters, the narrator and his friend Tazo, both victims of school bullying in their early years. They dreamt about becoming movie directors but their lives took a wrong turn: After not taking action to save a child, Tazo became a victim of his conscience and turned into an introvert who hasn’t left home for quite long. Meanwhile, the narrator directed one very successful film, but after a fatal accident while shooting another movie, he gave up directing.
The whole novel happens in one day: Tazo asks the narrator to allow him to stay at his apartment with his new crush and the narrator leaves home. Without any purpose he walks in the streets of Tbilisi and starts reflecting on his whole life. He tries to watch every moment in his life from a different angle. So the novel transforms from the history of one man to the history of the independent Georgia.
This is the novel about moral dilemmas and how to stay and survive as human – yet it doesn’t advise. In the last pages Kikodze performs an “ugly” version of a happy-end and that makes the whole novel candid and sincere.
“the novel our city was waiting for so long.”
© Levan Berdzenishvili, philologist
“In contemporary Georgian fiction The Southern Elephant manages to catch “Zeitgeist” as perfectly as no other novel can.”
© Zaal Andronikashvili, literary critic
“That’s it! That’s The Southern Elephant – the story of the generation that faced a terrible monster in a dead-end.”
© Ana Kordzaia-Samadashvili, writer
“phenomenally interesting text. Kikodze wrote subtle and suggestive novel which seems to be incomparable in contemporary Georgian literature.”
© Nikoloz Agladze, literary critic