Dream Come True, True, True...
17 November, 2011
Dream Come True, True, True...

Galaktion Tabidze is 120

What is happening today to the most precious and most elevated Georgian poet’s image, life and work is beyond our ordinary national pride. It is well over his translator’s literary ambition and poetic aspiration to fight through the labyrinth of most intrinsic symbolisms and rhymed-up philosophy of the genius. This is nothing less than a miraculously reincarnated and reborn Galaktion Tabidze – the gigantic poetical presence in the world literature. Finally, his poesy is out

there for the enjoyment and meditation of Galaktion’s readers in the English language. This is a dream having come true for every living Georgian, who has always wished to share the most valued intellectual and spiritual national treasure with the rest of the world but has not had an opportunity to do so because of the limited usage of the Georgian language on our planet. And it is Innes Merabishvili, the prominently distinguished Georgian linguis and lady of letters, master of theory of translation and its brilliant practitioner who has done the job, so much needed by this nation. She has literally assumed patronage over Galaktion Tabidze’s poetic legacy to let the world know that there is the culture which genuinely deserves the world’s attention. Having grown and matured on Lord Byron’s poetic inheritance, Innes is happily and creatively lodged between the world’s two imminent giants of romanticism, feeling more comfortable in the lap of their poetry then anywhere else in life. What a great spiritual habitat for a poetically-minded human being!

The Invitation which I received the other day would describe in the most eloquent way the cherished event I am trying to describe herewith:

“You are most cordially invited to attend a British-Georgian event to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the great Georgian poet Galaktion Tabidze (1891-1959) on the 23rd of November, at 6.30 pm. in Canning House, 2, Belgrave Square, London. It is not a mere coincidence that the Byron Society of Georgia celebrates this date in London though initiative comes from British academics and diplomats. Byron has always been dearly loved in Georgia but Galaktion Tabidze’s poetry is especially distinguished for his attitude towards the English poet. This inspired the Georgian poet’s friends to give him the name of the Georgian Byron. A new book comprising 50 poems by Galaktion in the translation of Professor Innes Merabishvili is published in Nottingham, Great Britain”

Says Professor Richard A. Cardwell of the University of Nottingham in connection with the upcoming event:

‘I have read with great interest the Introduction and the translations of the poetry of Galaktion offered by Professor Innes Merabishvili. The renderings of the poems from Georgian into Englishare are accomplished and sensitive. She has captured the tone and rhythms of Galaktion and her translations of the difficult metaphors of the originals come over into English remarkably faithfully. This is a token of Professor Merabishvili’s skill as a translator in that one does not sense the presence of a foreign source in these translations. Since Georgian poets – Eristavi, the Chav’chav’adzes, Galaktion, etc. – are hardly known at all in the English-speaking world Professor Merabishvili has rendered a great service to Georgian letters by making one of the nation’s greatest modern poets available to English readers. That alone, in my view, justifies the publication of this volume, always supported by her skill as a translator mentioned above’.

Following is one of the better known poems by Galaktion Tabidze both in the Georgian original and the English translation performed by Innes Merabishvili. This is one of those 50 pearls presented in the talked-much-about book of the day, ready to be presented to the international public in London in a few days to come.


And Gain Your Dearest Aim

You show your face and break the dark,

You, Georgia’s cloudy sky,

Rise blazing bright I wish the sun

To make you full of light!

You are awake, you act, you move!

The land of sorrowed fame,

I wish you burst your fetters soon!

And gain your dearest aim!


Today, the 17th of November we are celebrating one of the luckiest days on the Georgian national calendar – birthday of the great Galaktion Tabidze. And on the 23rd of this month, London will see the celebration of his amazing poesy, all thanks to the darling of the Georgian Anglists Innes Merabishvili.

Other Stories
Georgia Celebrates Day of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral today

The day of Mtskheta city and Svetitskhoveli Cathedral is celebrated on 14 October in Georgia.

Georgian Wine Festival 2019 to be held on October 12 on the Shardeni street
Those who are interested and want to know more about Georgian wine can attend Georgian Wine Festival 2019 on October 12 on the Shardeni street. Event starts at 12 pm and lasts till 7 pm.
UNESCO names Tbilisi as Capital of World Book 2021
UNESCO has named Tbilisi as the Capital of the World Book 2021.
Robot Mzia’s preparation for First global – she plays basketball and does pull ups
After the famous robot Vano, Robot Mzia is preparing for the international competition “First Global.”
What comes after Frankfurt? Paris!
The year following the appearance as guest of honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair is known as a difficult one. What are the strategies of Georgian publishers for 2019?
Georgia has its first photography museum
With the Tbilisi Photography & Multimedia Museum (TPMM) Georgia has its first institution entirely dedicated to the contemporary image in its different forms – photography, new media, and video.
„The eighth life“ has arrived home
More than 100'000 Germans have already read it, the Dutch and Polish as well. But it was only last May that Nino Haratischwili's “The eighth life for Brilka” was translated for Georgian readers.
“We will fight for Georgian literature”
One year after Georgia’s well received appearance at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the organizational mastermind, Medea Metreveli, lost her job. Now she's coming up with a new project.
Los Angeles Times about Khatia Buniatishvili – “A genuine musical personality”
Los Angeles Times has recently reviewed the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebration at the Hollywood Bowl marking Gustavo Dudamel’s 10 years with the orchestra.
Important facts about Georgian painter Elene Akhvlediani
Elene Akhvlediani was one of the first recognized female painters in Georgia.
Georgian soprano to perform in a play directed by Woody Allen
Georgian soprano Tsisana Giorgadze will perform in a play directed by Woody Allen.
Georgian Cinematographer Becomes a Member of Motion Picture Academy
Giorgi Shvelidze, Georgian cinematographer has been selected as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Georgian Shilda winery announced winner of  the EU Sustainable Energy Award for Eastern Partnership
The European Union has announced the winner of the EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern partnership at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 18 June.
15 years of creating opportunity for journalists - BP and British Council in Georgia offer English Language Courses for members of the Georgian Media
BP initiated media development program has trained more than 400 representatives on print, broadcast and online media in English language in Georgia.
What Georgian Pirosmani and Spanish Picasso have in common
Niko Pirosmani was a Georgian primitivist painter.
New York City's largest mural features Gurian Horseman
The largest mural in New York City was unveiled last year.
Three songs to know more about Georgian music
Georgia boasts about its rich traditional music.
Georgian – shop for tourists
The largest book shop in Georgia ,,Biblusi’’ has opened the first shop specially designated to the needs and interests of tourists and named it ,,Georgian’’.
SAVE THE DATE! At the 4th Tourism and Hospitality Conference within  Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards
On June 18, the 4th Tourism and Hospitality Conference within Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards will take place at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, Tbilisi.
Conference dedicated to the State Language held in Georgia
"On the 31st of May, in Rooms Hotel Tbilisi, a conference "State Language for Integration and Development of Human Capital in Georgia" was held."
Anita Rachvelishvili among 10 performers of the Met Opera
Anita Rachvelishvili, a Georgian mezzo-soprano, was recently named among Top 10 Performances By Singers From The Metropolitan Opera’s 2018-19 Season.
Georgian Wine and Gastronomy in Japan
The second exhibition of the project “Georgia – Homeland of Wine” took place in Terrada Warehouse, Japan.
Georgian Beqa Adamashvili EU Prize for Literature 2019 winners
14 emerging authors from across Europe have been announced as laureates of the 2019 European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL).
Georgian national anthem to be played in squares, trains and buses at 5:10pm on May 26
The Georgian national anthem will be performed throughout the country to mark the Independence Day at 5:10pm on May 26.
“Georgia – Homeland of Wine” – The project that made the Japanese fall in love with Georgian wine and its technology
“It is only through acknowledging the history of nations that they could preserve their nationality, existence, and identity,”
GEL Exchange Rate