Stories from the Rhine Banks
- Modern Georgian Prose
The novellas by a woman protagonist are like a pomegranate, well covered with a hard outer skin until it bursts to reveal thousands of rubies hidden inside.
The protagonist tells about a student who went to Bonn University, ‘twenty years too late’ though, about her emotions and impressions related to the new, unfamiliar environment and people. From the very first day she begins to analyze her feelings, starting with the basic question: Who am I?
Watching the raindrops drumming on the glass ceiling of the rented flat she shares with other students, she is frightened of being lost in the big, unknown country. All too often she remembers someone’s words that she is too old to study, which adds to her sense of confusion. She doesn’t seem to know which reality to face, which identity to adopt – German, Ethiopian, Georgian, or her own. But still, she studies diligently, travels with her new friend, shares her impressions with her, writes and jokes a lot because for people “examples are vital as a proof that the world never stops changing, thus advancing, so everything is going to be fine.” (Ina Archuashvili)