Format: 135 x 195 mm
Word: ≈ 190 000
Author: Aka Morchiladze
This literary masterpiece transports the reader into a world that is sometimes ironically amusing, at other times slightly melancholic, but always fascinating – the imaginary Santa Esperanza Islands in the Black Sea where the Georgians, Genoese, Ottomans and British have left their mark. People who settled in these places developed their own traditions, laws and customs in order to cunningly defy the constant stream of conquerors who seek to overrun their beloved patch of earth.
But elderly Agatia, the descendant of the former ruler, fails to bring peace. From countless fragments – myths and legends, ancient chronicles, diary entries, love stories, bottle letters, but also e-mails, newspaper articles and travelogues, as well as all sorts of literary allusions from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the brothers Cain and Abel to Stevenson’s Treasure Island.
In the novel of 36 issues, the reader can ‘whirl around’ as he pleases. They can be read in any order, and yet they always come together like a jigsaw puzzle.
“There are not many book which push readers to talk not only about its value but also its role in Georgian literature. Santa Esperanza is the one.”
© Radio Liberty
“Aka Morchiladze, a writer from Georgia is to be discovered, tells very worldly, but also literary advances of the Caucasian confusion.”
© Jan Wiele, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung