Of Old Hearts and Sword


Page: 152
Format: 135 x 195 mm

Word: ≈ 22 000
ISBN: 9789941239267

Of Old Hearts and Sword

Author: Aka Morchiladze


Truly a masterpiece of a short novel evoking the delicate aroma and atmosphere of Georgia in the early 19th century. 

The novel tells a story of a young Georgian man who, as a victim of a certain misunderstanding, is forced to roam the state of Georgia being colonized by the Russian Empire in the 19th century. 

A young Georgian nobleman Baduna Pavneli, who killed a Russian officer, returns home to find that his deaf and dumb brother Tedia went missing some days before. Baduna travels from Tiflis (Tbilisi) westward searching for his brother while the Russian police pursue him across the country. 

Baduna resembles a classical tragic hero, risking everything without knowing what awaits him in the ends. Baduna finishes his journey at the Black Sea. 


“A murderer, harrasser, kidnapper, robber, traumatized autist, servant of the occupant, patologicaly jealous foreign soldier who hates Georgians – these are the few characters of the book and one must say that we can support each of them. Morchiladze awakes social realies of the epoch.”© Arili Literary Magazine

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