Sacred Darkness

Levan Berdzenishvili (Author) Brian James Baer (Translator)


Based on true events, this novel set in a Soviet prison is "both a feat of fractured storytelling and a beautiful excavation of a recent, haunting past" (Publishers Weekly).

As a political dissident, Berdzenishvili lands in jail, serving a sentence on trumped-up charges of activism and agitation. But rather than being the hell he expected, jail allows him access to a wide array of intellectuals, professionals, citizens of all walks of life, many of whom, he freely admits, he would not have had the chance to meet if he had not been in jail.
Here he bears witness to those lives. Each chapter carries a single person's name and focuses on a single story. Collectively, however, these portraits create a multifaceted and vast picture of life in the Soviet Union, including during its demise. A nation seeks to suppress its brightest citizens, to keep them locked away in the dark. But in that darkness, unbeknown to the jailor, bonds stronger than walls were forming.

Product Details

$17.00  $15.64
Europa Editions
Publish Date
January 15, 2019
5.2 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Born in 1953 in the Black Sea coastal city of Batumi, Levan Berdzenishvili is the author of numerous books and essays on Ancient Comedies, Modern Society and Latin.


Marketing & Publicity

-Finished copies to political groups, Amnesty International, PEN

-Academic promotion

-National media campaign focused on human rights, war, former-Soviet, and political publications

-e-Galley available on Edelweiss

Contact Info

Publicity and Author Events

Rachael Small

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Praise for Sacred Darkness

"Berdzenishvili pulls off both a feat of fractured storytelling and a beautiful excavation of a recent, haunting past."--Publishers Weekly