On 10 March 2015, Ambassador of Georgia to Kuwait H.E. Roland Beridze donated Georgian books to Kuwait national Library to increase the familiarity of the Kuwaiti public with Georgian literary and artistic traditions as well as to encourage the study of the language, literature, and history of Georgia .Georgian Embassy in Kuwait expressed its gratitude to the management of the National Library and personally to its General Manager Honorable Kamel Al Abdul Jalil for his outstanding support in establishing this Corner.
The Embassy of Georgia to Kuwait in cooperation with Kuwait National Library is launching a Georgian Book Corner. The first selection of books which were donated today represents the different areas of Georgian art, linguistic research and literature. It will become the foundation of the broader collection available for ordinary readers as well as for scholars and researchers.
Among the books are albums donated by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia and representing the heritage of such Georgian painters like self-taught genius primitive artist Niko Pirosmani, as well as Elene Akhvlediani, Petre Otskheli, Zurab Nijaradze and many others.
The most prominent place in this collection belongs to the jewel of the Georgian pre-Renaissance poetry, the medieval epic poem, ‘The Knight in the Panther’s Skin’ written approximately in xii-xiii centuries A.D. by immortal Shota Rustaveli.
The work of Rustaveli has been translated into many languages and the Arabic translation of the poem was performed by Syrian translator Nizar Khalil in 1984, published in Syria. ‘The Knight in the Panther’s Skin’ is considered to be one of the world’s masterpieces and belongs to the world cultural heritage.
Apart of its poetic beauty, Rustaveli’s work has an egregious importance for both the scholars of Georgian studies and for researchers of the Middle East. It provides unique information about the lifestyle, traditions and customs of different social groups in the region of that period.
The Arabic version of the book has limited copies so the gesture of Georgia’s first resident Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Gocha Japaridze and his spouse Nunu Berozashvili, who generously donated the copy and the Arabic-Georgian Diplomatic Dictionary for the Corner, is very much appreciated.
The Georgian Book Corner will hopefully attract an increased interest from Kuwaiti readers in Georgian language and its cultural heritage.