Konstantine Gamsakhurdia: 'The Right Hand of the Great Master'
'The Right Hand of the Grand Master' (Didostatis Konstantines Marjvena) (1939) is considered as one of the best novels ('magnum opus') of 'the most enigmatic Georgian prose writer of 20th century' Konstantine Gamsakhurdia. Educated and first published in Germany, Konstantine Gamsakhurdia was heavily influenced by German culture (especially the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche) that was reflected in his works including 'The Right Hand of the Grand Master'. The scene of the novel is set in the 12th century Georgia around the semi-legendary story of building the Cathedral Svetiskhoveli (Living Pillar) to be built by the devoted architect Konstantine Arsakidze as per orders of the King Giorgi I.
- Vakhtang Eristavi