Pieces of Mirror
- Modern Georgian Prose
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"Pieces of Mirror" is an autobiographical novel of Naira Gelashvili. The author constructs her work like mosaics as she puts together many "pieces" or memories, stories she has heard, her dreams and imaginary pictures.
"Mirror" can be seen as a memory of a human being, or if you will, his consciousness that reflects life with an uneven accuracy. And since a person can only remember the past in fragments and not as something whole, it means that the mirror is broken into pieces. This novel is the writer's attempt to examine and interpret her childhood as well as the subconscious part of her memory.
Each "piece" is more of a tale rather than a realistically illustrated episode of her life. In the unity of these carefully chosen tales is portrayed a life of one individual as a personal myth where everything is linked together: early childhood full of sadness and loneliness as a life in secret; village as the first intimate encounter with essential elements such as fields, rivers, animals and flowers; city and youth as breaking apart from this secret and the nature... All of this gradually turns into the writer's work which is just as much saturated with sadness but this time this sadness comes from the inability to express the inner world of a humans being in writing.