BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Zurab Karumidze


     (b. 1957), got his degree in English from Tbilisi State University; he got his PhD (in 1984) for the dissertation on the Wit and Conceit in the poetry of John Donne. He worked for years as a research associate for the Center for XX Century Literary studies at the Tbilisi State University. In 1994-95 he had a stint at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a visiting Fulbright Scholar studying Post-Modernist American metafiction. Two of his short stories (English translation by the author) were published in the USA (Clockwatch Review, Bloomington, IL, 1996). He worked as an editor of the English language magazines in Tbilisi - Georgia/Caucasus Profile (1995-2000) and Caucasus Context (2002-2005). His publications include a collection of short stories - Opera (1998), a couple of novels --- The Winedark Sea (2000) and Of Goats and Men (2003). He has written a novel in English - Dagny or a Love Feast (2006) which still seeks a publisher. He co-edited (with James Wertsch) the book - Enough: Rose Revolution in the Republic of Georgia, 2003 (Nova Science Publishers, New York, 2005). His publications include essays on culture, postmodernism, collective memory and national narratives. His book on the history of jazz music - The Life of Jazz - came out in 2009. He has been with the Open Society -- Georgia Foundation for more than 5 years (at present he's a member of the Executive Board); he is an international fellow of the Center for Humanities at the Washington University in St. Louis.