Translated from the original Georgian by Maya Kiasashvili
This novel is about literature and writers – more precisely – unknown and mediocre authors travelling together. A literary association has invited authors of various nationalities to a seminar and the narrative follows their train jouney throughout Europe on the literature express, a train specially chartered for the seminar. The novel describes the self-absorption of the authors and their inability to communicate with one another. They are portrayed as inward-looking and largely disinterested in their fellow traveller’s work. The novel is therefore a reflection on literature and the unsuccessful author.
The main character of the story is a Georgian author. At the heart of the novel lies the love story between the Georgian author and his Polish translator’s wife. However, their romance is as unsuccessful as the central protagonist’s attempts at literary success. At the end of the fascinating voyage into Europe, we find out that all authors participating in the seminar are writing their new books on the literature express. Let’s see how the Georgian author will fare…
About the Author
Lasha Bugadze was born in Tbilisi in 1977. He has authored numerous novels and plays, performed in Georgia as well as in a number of European cities over the last ten years. Currently he is an author and presenter of different radio and TV programs about literature and music. He cooperates with the Royal Court Theatre of London and actively participates in international projects. Lasha received numerous literary awards and prizes: Literature Prize “Saba” (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012) and the first prize of the BBC International Radio Playwriting Competition 2012 for The Navigator is among them. His plays, short stories and novels are translated in different languages.