*/

Tsigrit

The book deals with the 21st century disease. It is an extraordinary creation written to realize life issues of human aspiration and mischief, which should have been read by everybody. The writer knows her diagnosis; we have also been vaccinated.

Now it’s your turn to avoid the pandemic of Tsigrit!

Read urgently to get vaccinated!

Foreword

If you ask me, today is, more than it is other things, an age of fairytales. Of a sort of admixture of reality – what they call surrealism.

Her intuition for the times we live in aside, Tamar Nikuradze is also endowed with an extraordinarily cultivated approach to writing. This ability is a rare thing nowadays and requires not only talent, but also labour. Let’s add skill in the methods of plot construction to this and we can confidently say that Tamar Nikuradze is an intriguing writer from a new generation, and Tsigrit one of the more noteworthy texts to have come out in recent years.  

The events of the book take place in our time, and the characters too are normal, contemporary grandmothers and mothers, although there’s no shortage of extraordinary protagonists either – Late Ted and Grumbie, for example. Their adventure wavers between a magical existence and the bureaucracy of job interviews, just like all of ours do; it’s just that the magical part of this existence is something that we don’t or can’t notice. Life’s most tragic passage is probably this: our failure to see the fantastical; none of us have the time to. And that’s why books like Tsigrit give us the chance to pause that moment that we noticed but couldn’t grasp (just like in that Soviet animated film, Hedgehog in the Fog) or that, busy filling in documents of some kind, we allowed to pass us by uncomprehended altogether.    

The toponymy is likewise unexpected. All of us know SimonCy, for example, but none of us has ever imagined what goes on there. A fantasy writer would have thought up some tortuous name for it, but Tamar chose a more provocative path, and travelled it too.

Worthy of special mention is the chapter built around the dialogue between the doctor and the nurse, in which a true, fully formed writer speaks to us and prepares us for vaccination with Tsigrit.

Haven’t you heard about Tsigrit? For that, you really need to start turning over the book’s pages. I won’t give you any more assistance, other than to confirm to you that great reading pleasure awaits – together with Boylet Professorson, of course.

 

Giorgi Kekelidze

Best-selling writer and Director of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia