THE FISH WITH TWO SHADOWS
The fish with two shadows is a modern Georgian Philosophical novel, which belongs to magic-realism genre. The plot of the novel is developing on the one hand in the invented mystical country – seaside Uman and the other hand historical West and East of early middle ages at the crossing of Christianity and Islam. You can see invented personages as well as world folklore-mythical characters, religious and mythological universal archetypes. The main cosmogonic – eschatological conception of the novel is realized by intricate and intriguing magical-realistic stories, the background of which alongside with constant apocalyptic hysteria of the Middle Ages. Wisdom, predictions and the mystical chronicle of Barrel’s family preserved in an ancient manuscript 'The Kings Dreams' by means of metaphors tell us the history of cosmos from the creation of the Universe up to its end. 1088 – the end of the Universe is inevitable, but will mankind’s life go on after the end? In the Barrel’s palace a witch woman – Dzerasa appears and she makes alive the myth of totem twins; 'a new human' is born and then the future of the Barrel’s family and the Universe predestined to be ruined changes.
‘The purpose of the novel is not to rationalize Unconscious, or technical and fabulous using of myth; it does not invent alternative history for the West and East. The novel makes us think about the fusing the nature and logos, rather than making the choice between them. This basic point in the novel creates a possibility to give a birth of a new human being, a new Universe, new time, the noon of which has two shadows: the past (forgotten knowledge, logos) and the future (forgotten nature).’
Nana Trapaidze, critic
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