Vol. 14 (2020): XIV International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : The Silk Road Countries` Folklore
Folklore and Literary Text

Rezo Cheishvili’s Novel Dali – Mythological and Empirical Dimensions

Kakhaber Loria
Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Published 2020-10-20


  • Foklore,
  • Mythology,
  • Modern Georgian Literature


The famous Georgian writer Rezo Cheishvili is widely regarded as a true master of the modern Georgian prose. The novel Dali is an organic part of the Georgian literary process of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Numerous tendencies characteristic of the Georgian literature of that time, can be seen in the above-mentioned work. These include, inter alia, the relationship between folklore and literary texts. In Rezo Cheishvili’s novel Dali, the real-empirical layer of the text refers to a tragical love story. Nevertheless, beyond the love intrigue, the meaningless and dysfunctional life of the society of those time as well as an absence of any ideals or ethical values are clearly visible.