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Zaza Burchuladze


© Ira Koklozin


Born: 9.9.1973
Birthplace: Tbilisi
Country of birth: Georgia
Lives in: Berlin, Schöneberg

Language: Georgian
Working language: Georgian


Zaza Burchuladze was born in Tbilisi (Georgia) in 1973. He was reborn in Berlin in 2013. He is a contemporary novelist and dramatist. He graduated from the monumental and ornamental painting department at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts. Since 1998 he has been publishing his stories in Georgian newspapers and magazines. He works as a freelance journalist for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. His stories often startle readers because of his experimental writing style and the provocative themes broached by the author, which are usually considered taboo: he writes about political conformity, violence and brutality, and addresses ideological and religious topics as well as sexuality.

6 Questions

What brought you to Berlin? Love? World politics? Or was it a coincidence?

An airplane.

What do you love about Berlin?

The illusion of openness and tolerance.

What do you miss in Berlin?

How emotional Georgian people are and their naivety.

What is your favorite spot in Berlin?

The top of the flak tower in Humboldthain – the tower was used by the Luftwaffe to defend against Allied air raids.

Would you say you are a different person in Berlin? A different translator? And if yes, in what way?

I don't know myself well enough yet.

Which existing literary work do you wish you had written?

The Metamorphosis“ by Kafka, „The Idiot“ by Dostoyevsky, „Journey to the End of the Night“ by Céline, „Lolita“ by Nabokov etc.


Publications in german

Publications in original language

Tourist's Breakfast

Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2016 Novel


Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2009 Novel

Mineral Jazz

Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2003 Novel

Inflatable Angel

Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2011 Novel

Instant Kafka

Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2008 Short story