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The Prose of the Mountains: Three Tales of the Caucasus

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The Prose of the Mountains: Three Tales of the Caucasus

The Prose of the Mountains: Three Tales of the Caucasus
Author: Aleksandre Qazbegi
Translation and Edit: Rebecca Gould
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: Central European University Press (September 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 6155053529
ISBN-13: 978-6155053528

The Prose of the Mountains contains three tales of the Caucasus by Aleksandre Qazbegi, one of the most prescient and gifted chroniclers of the Georgian encounter with colonial modernity. His stories offer an invaluable counterpoint to the predominantly Russian narratives that have hitherto shaped scholarly accounts of the nineteenth-century Caucasus. “Memoirs of a Shepherd” poignantly chronicles the young author’s decision to pass seven years of his life as a shepherd with Georgian mountaineers. “Eliso” (the name of a Chechen girl) offers one of the most searing accounts on record of the forced migration of this people from their homeland to Ottoman lands. Set in the sixteenth century, “Khevis Beri Gocha” (the name of a Georgian village chief) classically chronicles a tragic misunderstanding between a severe father and his loving son.

About the Author

Aleksandre Qazbegi was one of the most prescient and gifted chroniclers of the Georgian encounter with colonial modernity. His stories offer an invaluable counterpoint to the predominantly Russian narratives that have shaped scholarly accounts of the nineteenth century Caucasus. Biographic notes on the author, a number of classic photos and an essay by the editor help place the stories in time, place and historic context.

About the Traductor

Rebecca Gould is a Reader in Translation Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Bristol. Her books include Writers and Rebels: The Literatures of Insurgency in the Caucasus (Yale University Press, 2016), After Tomorrow the Days Disappear: Ghazals and Other Poems of Hasan Sijzi of Delhi (Northwestern University Press, 2016), and The Prose of the Mountains: Tales of the Caucasus (Central European University Press, 2015). She has lived and conducted fieldwork in Iran (2012, 2014); Tajikistan (2007); Palestine (2011-12); Syria (2010); Egypt (2010, 2012); Azerbaijan (2006); Hyderabad, India (2008); Daghestan (2004, 2006); Georgia (2004-6, 2013); Chechnya and Ingushetia (2006).

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