Page: 573
Format: 130 X 195 mm

Word: 110 000
ISBN: 9789941307218


Author: Zaira Arsenishvili


“A Requiem for Base, Soprano and Seven Instruments, or A Portrait of a Young Storyteller” is the debut novel of Zaira Arsenishvili (1933-2015).

It has been almost 25 years since the most extensive XX century Stalin repressions of the 30s. It is time for “the Khrushchev Thaw.” The young violinist of the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tbilisi is curious to find out what life was like for his elder musician colleagues quarter of the century before, during the great terror. From the oral stories of people who witnessed it all, he constructs the whole picture, from the way they were breathing to what their dreams were like, what were their plans, how they loved, and how they hated…

Life seems different; nobody is frightened of impending car noises in the night, as the clear sign of an inescapable death… However, the scary ghosts of the past follow people everywhere. The author asks the question, has human behavior really changed?