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 /...

April 9 and Georgian-Russian-American Relations in Elizabeth Scott-Tervo’s Work “The Sun Does Not Shine Without You”

Nestan Ratiani
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2019-12-20


  • April 9,
  • Georgian-Russian-American Relations


“The Sun Does Not Shine Without You”, by Elizabeth Scott-Tervo, reflects political events in 1988-89 Soviet Georgia. Eileen, the main character, like her Georgian friends, understands the role of Russia in the political life of Georgia. The exciting Georgian-American romance is ultimately hopeless, while Eileen’s marriage and divorce symbolize the failed hope of reapproachment between America and Russia. The aim of this paper is to reveal the allegory and place it beside other works which use male-female relationships to reflect deeper themes. It will also explore Meko’s role as the friend, as well as themes of freedom and humanity.