Zurab Lezhava

Zurab Lezhava

Zurab Lezhava is one of the most exceptional and unique voices of Georgian contemporary literature. His stories are a mix of reality and phantasmagoria, where the reader, through humor and irony, is able to discover dark sides of humanity. 

In his stories Z. Lezhava deals with topics such as poverty, immorality, greed, intolerance, resentment and tries to explain the reasons why his characters act the way they do. 

Foreign editors and publishers often compare his literary works to the movies of Emir Kusturica and his style stands closely to the acclaimed Israeli writer Etgar Keret. 

Currently he lives and works in Tbilisi. Apart from writing, Lezhava is a woodcarver and creates beautiful statues in diverse styles. 

Child’s Bite on Persimmon in the Month of October 

Short stories written by Zurab Lezhava are illustrations of the dark sides of human beings, with people doing illogical and inadequate things. In these stories you meet a dance teacher who breaks into a neighbor’s house to have a better bath, a poor man who needs money and sets out to sell his old fridge but discovers that sex with the ugliest woman on earth is a more acceptable price for him. Georgian readers and critics often remark that such prose had never been written in Georgia before.