A novel-mystification by Nino Chkhikvishvili is the first attempt to interpret the life and the tragic death of Paolo Iashvili. The novel is a unique combination of written record and fiction.
“Let everyone hear: We will destroy the crowns shining on our heads once we witness the first spark of our fire die out forever”, – Paolo Iashvili wrote in 1916 in the manifesto for “Tsispekantselebi” ("The Blue Horns" – a group of Georgian Symbolist poets and prose-writers which was founded in Kutaisi in 1915 and dominated the Georgian literature in the 1920s.). Unfortunately, these words did not stay just poetic words: Paolo committed suicide on July 22, 1937. Since this event, July 22 is at the same time a celebration of Paolo's immortality and the symbol of the Red Terror for Georgians.
Nino Chkhikvishvili continues her cycle about “Tsispekantselebi” with a novel – “I am Paolo” which is a sort of extension of the biographical novel (“The Last Tsisperkantseli” – “The Last of the Blue Horns”) about Kolau Nadiradze.