Cover Osteuropa 7-10/2015

In Osteuropa 7-10/2015

Brothers in Faith or Evil Empire
Perceptions of Russia in Georgian Literature

Zaal Andronikashvili

Deutsche Fassung


The conflict-ridden relationship between Georgia and Russia has been emotionally charged for centuries. This was manifested not only in Russian, but also in Georgian literature. The loss of Georgian independence starting in 1801 and the conquest by Bolshevik troops in 1921 are major turning points. The spectrum of Georgian images of Russia range from Christian protector to colonial oppressor. Within this spectrum resonates the promise of individual liberty, but also hatred for the great collective prison. Georgia's ever evolving perception of itself is also always reflected in the literary depictions of its large neighbour.

(Osteuropa 7-10/2015, pp. 531–548)