Georgia is the guest of honor at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, where from October 10-14 it will present its literature and culture to the visitors, book critics, authors, publishers and politicians that flock to the yearly German-language literary convention. In the lead-up to the book fair’s opening, journalist Krsto Lazarevic shares his impressions in a guest column of a country that is full of culture, contradictions and change. Georgia is situated between the Greater and Lesser Caucasus mountain ranges, but it wouldn’t be out of place in the Balkans. A small country at the edge of Europe, its mountains and bad roads make it seem a lot bigger. People here are very hospitable; they make you eat until you’re fit to burst and keep refilling your glass of home-made schnapps. Georgia and the Balkans are pretty similar. The mountains in Georgia are a bit higher, the wine is better, and the hype rather bigger. Ask them whether they consider themselves part of Europe and Georgians will stare at you in astonishment. Then they’ll pull a face, as if you’d asked them whether they wash their hands after going to the toilet: “Yes, of course. What do you think?” Georgians are proud to be European, despite… Read full this story
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