'I very much liked the fact that Zaza did not write a sensational book after moving to Berlin, some tragic story of a refugee writer. He has told his life: he has a great deal to tell of what he has had in this enclosed space, so that above all he examines a lot of things in his own head. In a word, I am still reeling under the impression, and I think that, like every book by Zaza, this is something very different.'
Lasha Bughadze, author
‘Sometimes I think what a darling I am,’ someone bursts out to Zaza, and it really is like that: he is very appealing in this book, because of his sincerity, is way of thinking, his sudden spurts of humour and carefreeness and, of course, his sharp teeth always slips out in this humour or carefreeness.'
Shota Iatashvili, critic
'Zaza Burchuladze has not deviated from his custom of the last decade: once again he has created a masterpiece. The text called A Tourist’s Breakfast is, above all, a monument of so-called word-play literature, naturalistic and humanist, contemporary to naturalism — the most unusual things are naturalistically, naturally portrayed and the reader, too, has to adopt a nil admirari—be amazed by nothing — pose and see things from the point of ancient humanism (where man is the measure of everything), or from a mediaeval stance (man, not God, is in the centre of the universe). The author has got to the prize-winning finishing line, although there is no literary prize in the world which would be awarded to this text. If there really was before this book was written just a ‘not-yet’ writer available for evaluation, quantitatively or qualitatively (he could say I’m the author of half a novel). the ‘afterwards’ writer is by now the author of two and a half novels. The Breakfast written in Berlin ought to be counted as two novels by the writer, just as formerly prisoners at the polar circle had one day counted as two.'
Levan Berdzenishvili, critic
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