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Title: Grigol Robakidze vs Ioseb Ğugašvili (Stalin)
Author(s): MAGAROTTO, Luigi
Journal: Revue des Études Arméniennes
Volume: 41    Date: 2022   
Pages: 521-542
DOI: 10.2143/REA.41.0.3291901

Abstract :
The article is divided into four sections. The first section briefly presents the biography of Georgian writer Grigol Robakidze and highlights his rejection of the rationality that dominated Western and Soviet thought. From his attitude towards rationality comes Robakidze’s rejection of technical knowledge and his fondness for myths, whose possible origins are discussed. The second and third sections are devoted to analysing Robakidze’s novel Die gemordete Seele (The murdered soul), which, written in 1932, foresaw with great insight the terrible path that Stalinism would undertake in the Soviet Union. Particularly interesting is the description of Stalin’s personality, a leader who succeeded in replacing the Christian religion with a pagan religion, he himself occupying the place that had been of God. The fourth section describes how Robakidze’s hate for communism led him to become infatuated with Nazi mythology. A serious mistake that caused him to flee to Switzerland after the fall of Nazism, and to live the rest of his life in total isolation.

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