Pines in the Desert
- Modern Georgian Prose
"Pines in the Desert" is a collection of stories by Maka Jokhadze which, in spite of being rich in themes, plots and characters, is still perceived as one whole text and reads as one whole novel. Perhaps we get this impression because of the biblical atmosphere these stories are inspired with because this atmosphere is the original space and dimension or, if you will, the homeland, where events full of allusions and contemporary context take place.
Human belief and its limits, mysteries of falling and rising, eternal paradigm of love, lessons of nature as a unity of the universe – this is the list of some of those aspects reader will have to consider, especially if he is already familiar with Maka Jokhadze's fictional and journalistic writings and is ready and willing to start a spiritual journey in an exceptionally deep and intellectual creative universe.
Together with the pleasure of reading good literature this collection of stories will make you feel the strength of human empathy – the strength although almost forgotten nowadays but still very natural and most ancient, the strength which makes any desert bearable because it shows you that pines exist even in a desert.