Dato Barbakadze

Dato Barbakadze

Dato Barbakadze (Georgian: დათო ბარბაქაძე); born 7 February 1966) is a Georgian writer, essayist and translator.



Dato Barbakadze was born in Tbilisi. He studied philosophy and psychology in Tbilisi State University between 1984 and 1992 and holds a Masters degree in Philosophy. In 1992-1994 he pursued his post-graduate studies in the Department of Sociology at Tbilisi State University, but left a standard academic career to pursue independent projects in Georgian and German literature: he has followed a non-traditional academic path for the past twenty years (2010). In 1991 Dato Barbakadze founded a literary video-magazine Dato Barbakadze’s Magazine, which for two years (?) was regularly performed at Tbilisi State University. He also founded the literary magazines Polilogue (1994, four issues) and ± Literature (1996, four issues). These publications featured many of the innovations of Georgian literature in the 1990s. From 1991 to 2001 Dato Barbakadze taught courses in logic, the history of philosophy, esthetics and introductory philosophy courses in several universities in Tbilisi. In 2002-2005 he lived in Germany where he pursued his literary interests and studied philosophy, ancient history and sociology at Westphalian Wilhelms-University of Münster. After returning to Tbilisi in 2005 Dato Barbakadze started the project XXth century Austrian Poetry, serving both as an editor and contributor. Dato Barbakadze has been a member of Die Kogge, an association of European writers, since 2007. His works have been translated into English, German, French and Russian. He lives in Tbilisi, Georgia. 'Still-life with Snow and other poems', a book of his poems translated into English by the American poet and playwright Lyn Coffin, is forthcoming (2012) from Night Publishing (UK).

Published Works (in Georgian)

(Georgian titles in parentheses)


  • Condolences to Fall (მივუსამძიმროთ შემოდგომას). Tbilisi 1991.
  • Longing for Logic (ლოგიკის მონატრება). Tbilisi 1993, ISBN 99928-0-264-2.
  • Putting the Question (საკითხის დასმა). Tbilisi 1994, ISBN 99928-0-265-0.
  • One minute or One Life Before the Journey (გამგზავრებამდე ერთი წუთით ან ერთი სიცოცხლით ადრე). Tbilisi 1994, ISBN 99928-0-239-1.
  • Roofbuilder (მხურავი). Tbilisi 1995, ISBN 99928-0-240-5.
  • Negation of the Summary (შეჯამების უარყოფა). Tbilisi 1999, ISBN 99928-0-013-5.
  • Essential Steps (არსებითი სვლები). Tbilisi 2001, ISBN 99928-0-125-5.
  • The Songs of Lake Embankment (ტბის სანაპიროს სიმღერები). Tbilisi 2004, ISBN 99940-29-43-6.
  • Poems 1984–2004 (ლექსები 1984-2004). Tbilisi 2008, ISBN 978-9941-0-0347-9.
  • ars poetica. Tbilisi 2010, ISBN 978-9941-9115-4-5.


  • Mutation (მუტაცია). Novel. Tbilisi 1993.
  • The second heel of Achilles (აქილევსის მეორე ქუსლი). Novel. Tbilisi 2000, ISBN 99928-0-042-9.
  • Short Prose 1990-2010 (მცირე პროზა 1990-2010). Tbilisi 2010, ISBN 978-9941-0-2441-2.

Collected Essays:

  • Poetry and Politics (პოეზია და პოლიტიკა). Tbilisi 1992.
  • Resistances Head-On (შემხვედრი წინააღმდეგობები). Tbilisi 1994.
  • Questions and Social Environment (კითხვები და სოციალური გარემო). Tbilisi 2000, ISBN 99928-0-041-0.
  • Fragmentarium I. Tbilisi 2006, ISBN 978-99940-0-982-4.
  • Fragmentarium II, III. Tbilisi 2008, ISBN 978-9941-0-0381-3.
  • Fragmentarium IV. Tbilisi 2011, ISBN 978-9941-0-3279-0.

Letters on Literature:

Translations (into Georgian):

Works (in German language)

Publishing Project Austrian Poetry of the XXth Century (in Georgian)

External links

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