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Gela Chkvanava
Gela Chkvanava
Born in 1967, Gela Chkvanava is a contemporary Georgian writer.
 
He finished school in Sukhumi and graduated from the Philology Department of Sukhumi State University. In 1986-88 he served in the army. After the Abkhazia War he has lived in Tbilisi with a refugee status.
 
He tried many professions but has been regularly publishing his works since 2002. In 2007-2009 he was published in Russia in magazines Neva, Druzhba narodov and Krechatik.
 
In 2002 he won the competition organized by the Diogene Publishers. The same year he won the third prize in the competition by the literary association KVALI.
 
Gela Chkvanava is the author of collections of short stories and a novel: LOCAL COLORING (short stories, 2004); TOREADORS (Georgian and Russian bilingual edition, 2006); ON FACEBOOK (short stories, 2014); THE DESERT OF DEAD SAND (novel, 2014).