The Tourist Breakfast


Page: 162
Format: 135 x 195 mm
Word: ≈ 22 000
ISBN: 9789941235504

The Tourist Breakfast

Author: Zaza Burchuladze


Tourist Breakfast is the latest novel by Zaza Burchuladze, an acclaimed and scandalous Georgian writer. In this novel which has a concept design (with its moleskin cover material and the Borjgali symbol, it looks like a post-Soviet Georgian passport), Burchuladze talks from the point of view of an immigrant who still has a strong connection with his “horrifying” homeland but feels emotionally very distant to it.

The author himself is the main character of the book with his daughter Alice-Chihiro, who carries dead pigeons in Berlin streets and throws them into the trash bins. Tourist Breakfast is a text free from experiments we were used to in Burchuladze’s other books. It reads like non-fiction but one cannot really define whether the story is real or invented.

The Tourist Breakfast tells about a man, a woman and a newborn looking for a home.


“One understands why Zaza Burchuladze is considered one of the most interesting contemporary authors in Georgia.“
© Der Tagesspiegel

“With Zaza’s words, I began to feel my own ground… The text led to the inevitable question that the author seemed to ask himself and which I consider myself: What is the meaning of identity that we are usually so sure about, what does it consist of, and what are the experiences, pictures, smells, memories, arguments, injuries, what words is it used for?”
© Nino Haratischwili (writer)

“Tourist Breakfast describes how nostalgia can lose its meaning in this day and time, and how seemingly meaningless things bring them back to the core of nostalgia. The memories and present impressions swirl around as polyphonic lines, unimpressed, hoping to arouse the once buried music.”
© Khatia Buniatishvili (pianist)

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