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A cornerstone of Georgian literary modernism, Snake Skin--much admired by Stefan Zweig--crossbreeds Wagnerian fantasy with Georgian paganism to produce a novel of unsettling originality. Partaking equally of Nietzsche, Andrei Bely, and such flights of grotesque fancy as Lautréamont's Maldoror, this is the story of a British soldier named Archibald McAsh who, during an epic journey across Persia, discovers the primeval Georgian lurking within himself: Archil Makashvili.
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Grigol Robakidze (1880-1962) was a Georgian writer who defected to Germany primarily known for his prose, his leadership of a renowned group of Georgian symbolists known as the Blue Horns, his anti-Soviet stance, his eventual flirtations with fascism.Review:
"Each page contains burning, balladic moments of very peculiar beauty..." --Stefan Zweig
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