Die Gemordete Seele
- The Banned Books Shelf
Translated by Aleksandre Kartozia.
"The murdered soul" ("Die Gemordete Seele") by Grigol Robakidze was written in 1932 and was published a year later in Germany. This is the first try to reveal the true colours of "Bolshevik Climate" and Stalinism. Already in the beginning of the decade, the author had predicted those bloody terrors and repressions that came in the 30s.
"The book found a great response. Soviets called me the enemy of people because of it" – wrote Grigol Robakidze in one of his letters. For a long time his novel and even more, the whole writing of the author was forbidden and declared unacceptable in The Soviet Union.
The events in the book take place in Tbilisi. The main character – a writer Tamaz Enguri is trying, by all means, to escape the claws of "the red dictatorship" and avoid collaboration with the oppressing regime. He is struggling to retain his dignity and to not break in the environment that is poisoned with fear and distrust. However, GPU – Stalin's punitive instrument that always executed his steel-like will, has other plans for the young writer...