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Tamar Tandaschwili

Talk and Reading
In the Presence of the Author
Culture X Change #Kaukasus and Buch Wien

Friday, November 12 2021, 19:00
Hautptbücherei, Vienna
CANCELLED! The Author can't be present at the event.

In her latest novel, "When Medea Took Revenge and Found Love" (Materikon) Georgian author Tamar Tandashvili paints a diverse and often disturbing picture of gender relations in Georgian society.
Tandashvili studied in Europe and the United States. When she returned to Tbilisi, she began working as a psychological counselor for Georgian women's and LGBT organizations, among others. There she became acquainted with a world she had no idea existed before: "The fact that abuse plays such a big role structurally made me very angry. I had to find something to deal with that anger. But that something found me." (Amnesty International interview).



With passion and relentlessness, investigator Medea pursues a particularly nasty case of sexual violence in Tandschwili's second novel: two decades ago, fourteen-year-old Salome was kept as a sex slave by a gang of classmates. When Medea, together with her lover Tina, discovers that not only some respected businessmen but also her own ex-husband belong to the gang at the time, her desire for revenge knows no bounds. Undaunted, the author confronts the ruthless alliance of patriarchy, politics and money in Georgia with an unforgettable and merciless female figure of mythical greatness.


Reading in Georgian:  Tamar Tandaschwili, Author, Tbilisi, Georgia

Reading in German: Zeynep Alan

Moderation of the author talk (in English): Michael Fanizadeh

In Cooperation with Global Dialogue and Buch Wien

Short biography: Tamar Tandashvili, was born in 1973 in Tbilisi, Georgia. She studied literature and psychology, publishes a widely read blog, and works as a psychologist and activist, primarily for women and sexual minority rights. In 2018, her first novel "Dandelion Whirlwind in Orange" was published in German translation, and her second novel "Materikon" ("When Medea Took Revenge and Found Love") was shortlisted for the prestigious Georgian SABA Literature Prize and also sparked heated debate.

Info & Entry

Friday, 12 November 2021, 19:00 - 20:30 hrs
Hauptbücherei - Am Gürtel, Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Vienna
Vienna's current COVID-19 protective measures apply (2 G - vaccinated, recovered). During the event wearing a mask is obligatory!

Admission free, Binding registration is required:

The event will be held in German and English.
It will be streamed live on https://www.facebook.com/VIDC.org/    (only english version)          


Culture X Change #Kaukasus

From November 10 to 12, 2021 our project Culture X Change #Caucasus will take place. It is a first rapprochement and an attempt to show or intensify artistic connections between Austria, Georgia and Armenia. In Georgia as well as in Armenia, the Austrian Development Cooperation specifically supports projects!