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

Fear and Play – Ways of Escape and Survival from the Social Realism in Georgian Poetry of the 70s-80s of the 20th Century (Besik Kharanauli, Lia Sturua)

Nunu Balavadze
Ilia State University

Published 2023-12-11


  • Social realism,
  • fear,
  • play,
  • escape,
  • survival


In the article, when talking about the poetry of the 70s and 80s of the 20th century, playing on the example of the poems of Lia Sturuas and Besik Kharanauli is evaluated as one of the ways to escape from the social realist space.

Through the game, the individual (here, the poet/lyrical hero) disguises himself, plays the role of an actor.

The poet indicates to the reader that the reality in which he has to live should be thought of as "being in agony" (Basik Kharanauli's poem "agony") or as spinning in a circle (Lia Sturua's poem "in a circle").