The Year of Fire Rooster
- Modern Georgian Prose
“What happens in the universe when the arrows of the life-map turn into a fatal direction – an Abkhaz family who had escaped Turkey during the Mujahid times returns to a seaside town to fight in a war, while a Georgian warrior runs away from his own town?!... Is it possible that the arrows turn against each other again?.. What trial awaits the land, once called by paradise, where the justice has been temporarily hidden away?
"The Year of Fire Rooster" is a broad and considerable retrospective of the war in Abkhazia. The anatomy of war is fully demonstrated in it – injustice and chaos, madness, contrasting features of human nature such as extreme kindness and extreme evilness that show themselves in extreme conditions. This gruesomely impressive picture is reinforced with a documentary narrative through which emerge the portraits of real characters.
Yet the main quality of the novel is not only describing the anatomy of war but the secret revealed through this anatomy – Georgian-Abkhaz relationship and its external or internal nuances. The author knows this secret the best, he knows it with an impartial truth, through a multilayered perspective, and, based on a civic and artistic honesty, he creates a fictional reality in which both, Georgians and Abkhaz can read the truth that lies beyond any resentment and anger.” – Nino Sadghobelashvili