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

The Artistic Haze of Social Realism (Konstantine Gamsakhurdia's "Father of the People ")

Ketevan Elashvili
Shota Rustaveli Institute of Georgian Literature

Published 2023-12-11


  • Social Realism,
  • Father of the People,
  • “Bellad”,
  • Konstantine Gamsakhurdia,
  • Totalitarian Regime


In 1937-1939 Konstantine Gamsakhurdia was ordered to create an artistic trilogy depicting the biography of Stalin by Lavrenti Beria.

Konstantine Gamsakhurdia chose the period of the boyhood and adolescence of the leader's biography, and created a "romantic dreamer and rebel". He omitted all the characteristic features that ultimately make him a "correct cult personality".

Konstantine Gamsakhurdia deliberately stopped his attention on Stalin, who was still named Soso Dzhugashvili, in order to somehow separate him from the total cult magic of the leader.