Format: 135 x 195 mm
Word: ≈ 25 000
Author: Rezo Cheishvili
The Blue Mountains is one of the most outstanding and notable novels of Georgian literature: written over 30 years ago, it still keeps its relevance to modern life.
Soso, considered to be a very promising young writer, brings his latest novel The Blue Mountains, or an Unbelievable Story to a publishing house, intending it to be evaluated and published.
Almost a year passes as he waits for it to be reviewed. Yet nobody from the editorial team has even read the story: some of the editors are busy with sewing, some with playing chess… Even the copies of the novel have disappeared without trace.
The comedy is an allegory of the Soviet era: the plot is set in an isolated office space where the reader can examine the Soviet system with all its ineffective and bureaucratic mechanisms. The only thing that characters care about is their own daily routine. They live in one huge absurd reality where they cannot explain their own actions that damage the whole system.
The Blue Mountains prophesied the disintegration of the Soviet Union. The film adaptation which had slipped through the strict political censorship of the state was included in the Cannes Classic section at the Cannes Film Festival 2014.
“Currently The Blue Mountains is as important for our country and literature as it was upon its publication”
© Weekly Palitra Magazine
“Cheishvili can create portraits even with episodic characters”
© Gogi Gvakharia (writer, art critic)