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25.05.12 - 31.05.12

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Tbilisi hosts Literary Forum & Dialogue for Publishers, Translators and Writers

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Author:  By Ia Natsvlishvili

Writer/Editor/Researcher/Translator Daniel Hahn and Ra Page, founder and Managing Editor of Comma Press – both from the UK – shared their vision and experience with the Georgian audience as proof of the importance of bilateral cultural  relations between Georgia and the UK at the Literary Forum & Dialogue for Publishers, Translators and Writers.

Held on May 22-23, the forum was organized by the British Council together with the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, as well as the Georgian Book Publishers and Distributors Association, specifically for domestic and foreign publishers, translators and writers.

The forum covered various topics including trends in contemporary Georgian and foreign literature; the Georgian book market; foreign literature in Georgia; children’s literature; Georgian titles in translations; issues in translation and the promotion of Georgian literature on domestic and overseas book markets; translation subsidies and issues related with translation.

“It’s not the reader’s fault [that some books don’t get] published. There is an underlying prejudice that translated, unknown authors will not sell well,” said Daniel Hahn. “Of course translating is very important,” Hahn said. But according to him, there should also be a chain that connects the publisher, the sales department, and booksellers who need to stand together for publishing and promoting a good translation.

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Exhibition of Irakli Parjiani

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Author:  By Teona Betlemidze

The paintings of Irakli Parjiani, which are based on abstract, metaphysical and religious themes, will be on display at TBC Bank’s head office located on Marjanishvili St. 7, on the 4th floor, from May 21- 25.

These works created by the 20th century Georgian painter come from his family and private collections. Art critics consider some of Farjiani’s iconographic works as masterpieces. Farjiani’s illustrations have been featured in the publications Homer’s Odyssey, Goethe’s Faust, as well as the collections of Georgian myths and legends. He has also worked on the gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John.

The exhibition is part of TBC Bank’s long-term project that aims to present to the public the work of a Georgian painter each month. This is the fifth album featuring Irakli Parjiani’s work. This exhibition includes Parjiani’s biography and private letters, allowing the reader to get a glimpse into the artist’s personal life.

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