Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
Socialist Realism and Soviet Discourse

Socialist Pseudo Humanism in Gulo Kobiashvili’s Short Stories

Lali Tibilashvili
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • Gulo Kobiashvili,
  • stories,
  • formal moral


Stories of contemporary writer, Gulo Kobiashvili describe, in humoristic manner, the antihuman events characteristic for Soviet Georgia. In her first collection of short stories “Poplar Trees” (1986), based on the principle of critical realism, the author discusses socialist pseudo-humanism and undermining of moral values. Particularly impressive for the readers are stories: “Pirate”, “Vana” etc.

Kobiashvili’s collection of short stories “Free as a Bird” (1998) demonstrates more prominently and freely the vices characteristic for the soviet period. The author describes with the characteristic humor.

Gulo Kobiashvili’s stories clearly reflect the writer’s unbiased, healthy criticism to formal moral values falsified by socialist reality.