Bread and Ashes: A Walk Through the Mountains of Georgia
Author : Tony Anderson
UK - Jonathan Cape
Poland - Czarna
Tony Anderson set out in the summer of 1998 to walk through Georgia, along the southern crest of the Caucasus. He wanted particularly to visit the Georgian mountain tribes - Tush, Khevsurs, Ratchuelians and Svans - to discover if there was a common mountain culture linking them, to test the old idea of the Caucasus as an impenetrable barrier from sea to sea, with ancient tribes living in isolation from the outside world. Throughout his journey Anderson refers back to many other visits to Georgia, to the politics of independence, to the civil war and Shevardnadze's accession to power, to the history of these people at one of the great crossroads of the world. It remains an abiding mystery that Georgia has managed to survive at all. But survive it has with a vibrant culture still intact and, in the mountains, remains deeply connected to its ancient ways.