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“Aunt Vera” for a Georgian poet2010-07-07 19:00
To see Georgia with the eyes of Veronika Dolina is like trying to understand this country and its people with a sixth sense. So personal and frank are the impressions of the female bard carrying a purely female world look - but not slimpsy in an allusion to one of Veronika's songs - but whippy as a band of steel. Bulat Okudzhava's follower, she was invited to "modern" Georgia for the first time - it was like hearing the fate call - becoming probably the most important guest at the Russian-Georgian poetry festival "World of Poetry - World without war".
- Have you noticed anything stunning in Tbilisi that you've not seen elsewhere?
- I've seen a lot of that.
- Do you mean some architectural monuments?
- No, no, no. I call them city secrets that unclose themselves only a tiny bit or remain completely sealed. I hurriedly found a Griboyedov cult, his tomb and a church associated with him. In my memory that also reveres Griboyedov, there was nothing about the place where he was buried. Finding his tomb in Tbilisi, the memory sprang out. I am highly emotional over the artist of a short romantic life who was killed in a state affair connected with Caucasus. Other secrets? I dropped in at a small bookshop thinking what I might find there: probably no books in Russian, or just a very few of them; or among them nothing that would appeal to me. I came in with a starting rainstorm and saw a huge shelf of the main writer of my last 15 years in Moscow - Milan Kundera. There could have been anything but it was this shelf that Tbilisi greeted me with.
- How were you received at the festival, was there any tension between Georgians and Russians?