Clay Cover_Clay Cover.qxd
No of Pages: 192
RRP: 26.95
ISBN Print: 1 876040 30 0

Confessions of a Clay Man

“Igor Gelbach’s rich portrayal of the decay and corruption of what was a small corner of the Soviet Union… is a wonderful evocation of place and period, of a picturesque Black Sea resort gone to seed, its life burdened first by the senseless opression from afar under the tyranny of Georgia’s most infamous son, then, as Stalinism decayed, by the corrosive action of Mafia violence.” Sydney Morning Herald

Translated from Russian by Rae Mathew


About the Author

Igor Gelbach

Igor Gelbach spent his childhood in the Black Sea town Sukhumi, Georgia and then in Riga, Latvia. He graduated as a physicist from Tbilisi University, Georgia. During the 1960s and 1970s began writing film scripts and plays. He lived in Moscow, St Petersburg and Sukhumi before migrating to Australia in 1989. In 2001, Gelbach was nominated for the Russian Booker Prize for Confessions of a Clay Man (English translation published by Brandl & Schlesinger) and was admitted into the prestigious St.Petersburg Writers’ Guild as an overseas member. In 2003, his second novel, Notes from the Esplanade was short listed for the Victorian Premier’s Award...

Read More