The Writers’ Case (Part Four)
17 February, 2011
The Writers’ Case (Part Four)

The Stalinist Bolshevik machine was capable of doing anything, just anything! They could eliminate people easily, they could even destroy the entire nations, but they could not defeat the vow of love given to each other by those soul-mates. Professor Simon Maskharashvili has more.
SM – Right the next day of Titsian’s apprehension by the secret servicemen every member of the poet’s fraternity denounced him severely, but it was exactly that bunch of his soul-mates who took care of Titsian’s

little daughter Neeta Tabidze and brought her up as their own progeny. Moreover, these utterly dignified and noble people saved Titsian’s poems, prepared for final destruction, for the generations of Georgians to come and had published them accordingly. The Stalinist Bolshevik machine was capable of doing anything, just anything! They could eliminate people easily, they could even destroy the entire nations, but they could not defeat the vow of love given to each other by those soul-mates. Except poets Titsian Tabidze and Paolo Iashvili,   one more member of ‘the ‘Blue Horns’ Nikolo Mitsishvili and the great Georgian classic writer Mikheil Javakhishvili fell victim to the 1937 communist repressions. Javakhishvili wrote his famous book ‘Jako’s Khiznebi’ as early as the beginning of 1920’s. Every single reader would see another pungent social drama in the destruction and unbridled humiliation of Teimuraz Khevistavi (an educated urbane, but physically fragile and flimsy Georgian nobleman) by brash and wild former servant Jako. In this book, a new, vigorous but extremely uncultivated social force is eliminating the remnants of old but now weakened civilization. After Stalin’s personality had acquired that formidable image in the Soviet Union and the more representatives of cultural aristocracy were subjected to the Stalinist dictatorship, the readers drew more distinct parallels between Jako’s character and Joseph Stalin, although the book was written much earlier than the era of Stalinist repressions. Right before the start of the 1930’s repressions, people would take ‘Jako’s Khiznebi’ (The Dispossessed of Jako) as Javakhishvili’s prediction of Stalin’s future conduct. Stalin ordered Javakhishvili’s arrest. Following a terrible torture, the great Georgian writer was executed, and ‘Jakos’ Khiznebi’ was banned from book-shelves.
GJ – I have always known that Stalin had no information about the execution of Mikheil Javakhishvili. The rumor had it that Stalin got really furious when he had learnt that the author of ‘Arsena Marabdeli’ (Arsen of Marabda’) – the social drama by Mikheil Javakhishvili, masterfully depicting the clash between the existent social classes – was executed. Where do you think is the truth? Could Stalin have been that good, or was there a chance that he did not know what was happening in the country of Soviets?
SM – This is all the figments of communist imagination. It is the myth created by the Bolshevik ideologists for rendering the harsh communist image a little milder. Nothing in the Soviet Union was happening without the ‘Great Leader’s’ knowledge. Following Stalin’s direct instructions, the special service forces dissipated information, sometimes in a format of regular rumor that ‘Stalin does not know what is happening out there’, or ‘they are concealing the fact from Stalin’. In reality, it was Stalin’s signature under which the lists of the people meant for execution were going around.

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