Vol. 13 No. 2 (2019): XIII International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Studies : Political Events of 1980-1990s and Literary Discourse
Actualization of Acute Literary Topics in Semiotic Space – Movie/Theater /...

Actualization of a Topical Literary Theme on the Georgian Stage: (Lasha Tabukashvili’s “Does it Matter if Wet Lilac is Wet?!”)

Maka Elbakidze
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2019-12-20


  • Post-War Stagnation in 90-ies,
  • Lost Generation,
  • Shota Rustaveli Academic theatre


Lasha Tabukashvili’s play “Does it Matter if Wet Lilac is Wet?!” reliably shows the situation in post-war Georgia. Historical truth (post-war stagnation in 90es, the hard social background, hunger, criminality etc.) and fiction are skillfully intertwined in the plot of the piay and against this background the tragedy of the so-called “lost generation” is revealed. There are only eight characters who embody the whole spectrum of the postwar, economically impoverished and morally degraded population. From their dialogues it can be seen that Georgian society, which abandoned the “idiotic sobriety”, hopes only on the help of newcomers from the parallel world.