Ilia Mikhailovich Zdanevich (Georgian: ილია ზდანევიჩი, Russian: Илья́ Миха́йлович Здане́вич) (April 21, 1894 – December 25, 1975), known as Iliazd (Georgian: ილიაზდ), was a Georgian and French writer and artist, and an active participant in such avant-garde movements as Russian Futurism and Dada.

    He was born in Tbilisi to a Polish father, Michał Zdaniewicz, who taught French in a gymnasium and a Georgian mother, Valentina Gamkrelidze, who was a pianist and student of Tchaikovsky. (His older brother Kiril also became a well-known artist.) He studied in the Faculty of Law of Saint Petersburg State University. In 1912 he and his brother, along with their friend Mikhail Le-Dantyu, became enthusiastic about the Tbilisi painter Niko Pirosmanashvili; Ilya’s article about him, “Khudozhnik-samorodok” (“A natural-born artist”), his first publication, appeared in the February 13, 1913, issue of Zakavkazskaia Rech’. Later in 1913 he published a monograph Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov under the pseudonym Eli Eganbyuri (Russian: Эли Эганбюри). In June 1914 the journal Vostok published his article “Niko Pirosmanashvili,” in which he mythologized the biography of the older artist, linking him with the Silver Age and the Russian avant-garde.[1] He became involved with the new Futurist movement, participating in their discussions and writing about them and Marinetti in the Russian press, and was drawn to other avant-garde movements as well, such as Zaum and dadaism.

  • A New Vision of Ageing

    We consider ageing as a downwards curve, but this is mainly due to a negative mindset. If we change our view on age and just dare to be who we really are, then age becomes irrelevant. Life will then evolve, instead of going downwards. German author and international consultant who has spent half of her life in foreign cultures all over the world. As an author, she likes to reverse parameters. In her books about ageing, she presents her research on people over 80 who are doing things that one would not expect from that age. She unveils the key-factors for a completely different old age and shows that a creative lifestyle is the entrance door to joyful life and happy ageing. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

  • Blockchain Basics

    This book provides a comprehensive overview of how blockchain technology – and its practical implementations in the form of cryptocurrencies – works.

  • Brain Functional Systems. Handbook for Psychology Students

    The handbook represents an introduction to the micro and macro-anatomy of brain structures and physiology of brain sensory, motor, emotiongenic, thalamic, reticular and hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal gland axis systems. Physiological aspects of the tress, drug addiction, depression and consciousness are discussed as well.

  • BUS into the Summer

    This book – thoughts on the go, in a bus or train. Notes on the memory of dreams, hopes and memories. About mom’s hands and the first kiss, about close people and fleeting meetings, about losses and happiness to be understood. About what excites everyone. Light and a little sad, first of all about life …

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  • Çalikuşu (the Wren)

    The events in the novel take place in the early twentieth century, near the collapse of a war weary Ottoman Empire and the creation of the Turkish republic. Most of the novel is recounted in first-person diary format by Feride. In the first section, Feride describes her childhood, beginning from the beginning and leading to the events that led her to a strange hotel room. The second and largest section consists of diary entries describing her adventures in Anatolia. The third section is the only one written from the third person point of view, describing Feride’s visit to her home.

  • Dear Sprung

    With the support of the Swiss Art Council Pro Helvetia

  • Gece Sesleri (Turkish)

    The novel “Sounds of the Night” is a family saga of rich Ortachlias living in Anatolia, which covers the history of four generations. The action takes place mainly in Anatolia, on the Bozova estate, from the 1920s to the early 2000s. The luxurious Ortachlia Palace keeps a lot of secrets, intrigues or love stories of its inhabitants. The example of the Ortachlia family clearly shows the events that took place in Turkey during this period, the political battles and the endless military coups that had an impact on the society of that time, on the relations between the generations. The novel tells a lot of stories of different characters, the logical end of which is the secret revealed by the diary accidentally discovered by the daughter in the mother’s drawer, which answers all the questions and turns the reader’s attitude towards this or that character upside down. The novel was received with great interest by the readers from the beginning, however, in recent years Aishe Culin has shared the fate of Elif აფafak and has also appeared to critics who have sharply criticized the writer for his moments depicting pedophilia.

  • German-Georgian Medical Dictionary (small)

    The present German-Georgian medical dictionary contains about 6100 words. The dictionary will be useful for medical professionals, medical students and postgraduates, as well as translators of relevant literature.

  • Harem

    This novel ties together the lives of a girl who is taken from her family when she is 7 years old to be raised in the Ottoman harem and a young woman who is getting married at about that same time. Their stories are told side by side, smoothly shifting back and forth between narratives and their connection is tantalizingly concealed until late in the story. There is a moment in the book when one character appears in the other character’s story and the reader discovers how the two stories, seemingly isolated, were in fact connected from the beginning. Though they have lead more or less completely separate lives, they learn the same lesson and are able to ultimately make peace with themselves.

  • Hopeless

    Tommaso Soldini’s Hopeless is almost feral. One of those novels that are not only hard to define, but flout the very idea of definition. Unabashedly set in a very near future (2024-25), it narrates the vicissitudes of an investigative journalist, Michele Incassa, father of two girls, who is unexpectedly abandoned by his wife Gemma. In order to win her back, he finds himself chasing her shadow in the Petite Princesse, a club for swingers suspended between dream and reality. As if this were not enough, a news report embroils him in a meticulously inventive reconstruction of an attempted murder, in particular of the hours and days before the incident. These parallel interwoven narratives dismantle the predictable, routine notions of what we call — in a naïve simplification — “reality”, or even “truth”.

  • How The World Works

    A Brief Survey of International Relations.

  • Hymnes à l’amour

    Présentation de l’éditeur
    Pourquoi le père d’Anne a-t-il demandé, dans son testament, qu’on donne à une certaine dame résidant à Genève le disque bien connu d’Edith Piaf Hymne à l’amour ? Pourquoi la même chanson a-t-elle une si grande importance pour sa mère, comme si elle avait été l’hymne national d’une passion défunte ?Plus tard, bien plus tard, Anne partira pour Genève, à la recherche de la mystérieuse dame qu’avait aimée son père. Ce beau livre, écrit avec tendresse, recèle bien d’autres histoires. Par exemple celle de Madeleine, qui avait illuminé les jeunes années de l’auteur. Il était si doux, pour les enfants, de se blottir contre ses jolis seins. Malgré la déchéance finale de Madeleine, elle aussi inspire un hymne à l’amour.De temps en temps, l’illustre grand-père, François Mauriac, apparaît au moment le plus insolite. Va-t-il se fâcher ? Le temps qui a passé permet d’en rire. On oublie pour un instant tous ces cœurs blessés, qu’Anne Wiazemsky sait faire renaître avec l’ambiguïté du souvenir.

  • KIlled in His own house / Lavrenty Beria’s son tells

    He describes life at home with a man usually remembered as a prolific murderer and insatiable womaniser: ‘He liked history and loved books. He had a very good library. All of us were educated people.’ A rocket scientist by training, Sergo remembers the family mansion on Vspolny Lane, where they lived after moving from Tbilisi to Moscow in 1938, as a sanctuary of civilised conversation. Vistors, he said, included the Cambridge spy, Kim Philby, the American nuclear scientist, Robert Oppenheimer, and Golda Meir, Israel’s ambassador to Moscow. A frequent caller was Stalin’s daugher, Svetlana, whom he remembers fondly as a lost little girl but whom he also criticises for turning against her father, whom Sergo never refers to as Stalin but always by the more cosily respectful Josef Vissarionovich.

  • Les séparées

    Présentation de l’éditeur
    Quand s’ouvre le roman, le 10 mai 1981, Alice et Cécile ont seize ans. Trente ans plus tard, celles qui depuis l’enfance ne se quittaient pas se sont perdues. Alice, installée dans un café, laisse vagabonder son esprit, tentant inlassablement, au fil des réflexions et des souvenirs, de comprendre la raison de cette rupture amicale, que réactivent d’autres chagrins. Plongée dans un semi-coma, Cécile, elle, écrit dans sa tête des lettres imaginaires à Alice. Tissant en une double trame les décennies écoulées, les voix des deux jeunes femmes déroulent le fil de leur histoire. Depuis leur rencontre, elles ont tout partagé : leurs premiers émois amoureux, leurs familles, leur passion pour la littérature, la bande-son et les grands moments des « années Mitterrand ». Elles ont même rêvé à un avenir professionnel commun.

  • Life and Death

    ” …I am not only answering you. I am answering, through you, the whole of humanity – not only the contemporary humanity, but also the humanity that will be coming when I will not be here to answer.” (OSHO)

  • Mephisto

    The translation of this work was supported by a grant from the Goethe-Institut.

    Klaus Mann – Thomas Mann’s son – wrote MEPHISTO while living in exile from the Germany of World War II. In it he captures the Isherwood-like atmosphere of Nazi Germany while telling a satiric story about the rise to power of one man – a thinly veiled caricature of his own brother-in-law. The man is Hendrik Hofgen, a character actor who in his own life plays a bizarre part in the elite circle of the Third Reich. Hofgen is publicly a revolutionary, but secretly he is a man driven by an obsessive need for power and fame. Although he benefits from the prestige of being married to the daughter of an eminent politician, he endangers his rise in Nazi society by his compulsive involvement with ‘a black Venus.’ His brilliant success as Mephisto in FAUST brings him the support of the Führer’s prime minister, who appoints him head of the State Theater. His dreams are finally realized, but the story ends on a note of despair as Hofgen is forced to confront the emptiness of his life. Mann weaves his tale with amazing skill. The result is a fascinating novel of decadence and evil.

  • Montessori and new Technologies

    On one hand, we want our children to be prepared for whatever may lie ahead in this digital age.  On the other hand, research is leading us to determine what is best for the health and learning of young children in regard to the use of devices. As Montessorians, one of our first considerations is the developmental phase of the child.  Once we have considered what our core values lead us to do, it’s important to take a look at how this lines up with current research findings. One final point to recognise is how educators might use technology to further benefit the learning of their students.  Teachers’ use of technology can take on many forms, and there are plenty of options to explore!

  • Mr. and Mrs. Reeves

    A young woman, a tour guide on a cruise ship, befriends an elderly couple after they announce politely that they would ‘prefer not to’ go on the luxury cruise their son has booked for them. They’d rather go to see a film. This old-fashioned modesty creates a turning point in the young woman’s life. The couple’s kindness, generosity and appreciation of simple pleasures help her cling on to her own humanity in the face of the demands of modern life.