The 140th anniversary of Grigol Robakidze

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Robakidze – 140

Grigol Robakidze, the prominent Georgian writer and public figure, was born on 28 October 1882.

A little peaceful village Sviri in the Imereti region, west Georgia, witnessed the first steps of the future author.

In 1900, Grigol Robakidze graduated from Kutaisi Classical Gymnasium. Then he took several courses at the University of Tartu (Estonia). Later, he gained a PhD at the University of Leipzig (Germany).

In 1908, he returned to Georgia. Gradually, Grigol Robakidze became one of the outstanding leaders of the Georgian symbolist writers. In 1915, he co-founded a literary club Blue Drinking Horn Holders (Tsisferkantselebi), which included many progressive Georgian poets and writers at the time. In 1917, Grigol Robakidze played a crucial role in establishing the Writers’ Union of Georgia.

In 1931, Grigol Robakidze became a political immigrant, first residing in Germany (1931-1946) and later in Switzerland (1946-1962).