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Literary hellhole in Tabidze’s motherland2011-01-13 20:24
Union of Writers of Georgia has fallen on its face. Accusations of the waste of money and sexual harassing poured on prose writer Revaz Mishveladze. The information campaign was initiated by Vazha Otarashvili who was recently dismissed from the post of director of the National Literature publishing house. However, the literary "hellhole", as the Union of Writers was called by publicist Arno Khidirbegishvili in his talk to GeorgiaTimes, has got nothing in common with true art except for the regained ancient mansion presented a century ago by a philanthropist to Galaktion Tabidze, Vazha Pshavela and other famous servants of the Muses.
The superstars of the modern Georgian literature fade away under the dirt that poured out of the depths of the Union of Writers to TV screens. Former head of the National Literature publishing house Vazha Otarashvili accused writer Revaz Mishveladze of appropriation of means allocated to the same-name newspaper. The point at issue is 36 thousand dollars.
Mishveladze is denying his fault. He says Otarashvili feels resentful because he was dismissed from his post at the meeting of the Union of Writers on January 4. His seat was taken over by a young poet Henry Dolidze.
After the war in 2008, Vazha Otarashvili publicly called on Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili to repent and go into convent so as to "spend the rest of his life praying for the motherland and the descendants". "Repentance is necessary to wash away the sins and the evil sown by Saakashvili. He must take monastic vows, get closer to the Patriarch and pray God for help", - he told the Akhali Taoba (New Generation) newspaper.
Then there came a more rigid statement in the Georgian Times newspaper, which has temporarily ceased existence in the printing form. "Any talks about democracy are out of place here, for we live in a fascist state", - Otarashvili said.
Still, the poet should not be ranked among the persecuted oppositionists, GeorgiaTimes was assured by publicist Arno Khidirbegishvili. He says there is no confrontation between the intelligentsia and the government. The people are passive as well, for they have lost faith in both the political and poetical elite, especially that the scandals among the writers play in Mikheil Saakashvili's hands. Firstly, they distract the society from real problems; secondly, they encourage the destruction of the old authorities originating from the communist times.