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Prince Andre Orbeliani 1901-2001



Andre Orbeliani was the only child of Princess Mary Orbeliani and Prince Alexei Orbeliani (of Georgia).  He was the nephew of Alexander Bulatovich, about whom I wrote the novel The Name of Hero.  After having met his mother in Penticton, British Columbia, in 1972, I corresponded with Andre, trying to get more details about the life of his uncle.  He and I never met face-to-face.

In the course of our correspondence he sent me copies of his self-published fiction and poetry, which he intended for me to post on the Web to reach a larger audience.  I procrastinated, then he died (in 2001), then I misplaced the box in which I had stored them and his letters to me.  I found the missing box last week (in November 2011).  I will post here his fiction and poetry as .pdf images and his letters (some in English and some in French) which I will typed in.

A brief biography of him appears on the back cover of "Twenty Eight Gramms of Poetry", published in 1982.  The photo (above) also appears on that back cover:

   "Andre Orbeliani is a retired mining engineer living in Nelson, B.C.  He is 80 years old and this is his first book of poetry!"
   "Andre was born in 1901 to a family of ancient Georgian nobility, in the Caucasus. Georgian language is related to Celtic and the written form uses Sanskrit letters."
   "Andre's early life was spent in studies, travel and work throughout Russia, Yugoslavia, Belgium and Africa."
   "He arrived in Canada in 1951 and has lived happily here ever since with his wife Irene."
   "Andre is now hard at work on an historical novel set in the interior mining area of B.C."
    "What he likes best is 'Snow... always expecting the spring to come!'"

His wife, Irene, an artist, was the daughter of Barbara Rode, also an artist.  

Feedback and suggestions welcome.
 

Twenty Eight Gramms of Poetry, 1982

front cover
table of contents
page 9 (the first page of text)
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
page 14
page 15
page 16
page 17
page 18
page 19
page 20
page 21
page 22
page 23
page 24
page 25
page 26
 

Herr Luftinspektor, a Poem (in English, no date)

title page
page 1
pages 2-3
pages 4-5
pages 6-7
pages 8-9
page 10
 

Lunaya Sonata (poem in Russian, 1967)

front cover
predisloviye
page 1
page 2
page 3
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
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page 38
page 39
page 40
page 41
 

The Scarlet Lady (a novella, 1973)

title page
pages 1-2
pages 3-4
pages 5-6
pages 7-8
pages 9-10
pages 11-12
pages 13-14
pages 15-16
pages 17-18
pages 19-20
pages 21-22
pages 23-24
pages 25-26
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pages 29-30
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pages 41-42
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pages 45-46
pages 47-48
pages 49-50
pages 51-52
pages 53-54
pages 55-56
pages 57-58
 

Jeff Smeerkaas, a play in five acts (no date)

"In this play the author depicts the changing mood of people in an enemy occupied country.  Belgium remained under German rule form June, 1940, to August, 1945.  Belgians lived throughthe war and survived."

page 1 (summary)
page 2 (the characters)
page 3 (Act 1 Scene 1)
page 4
page 5
page 6
page 7
page 8
page 9
page 10
page 11
page 12
page 13
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page 15
page 16
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page 19
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page 24
page 25
page 26
page 27
page 28
page 29
page 30
page 31
page 32
page 33
page 34
page 35
page 36
page 37
page 38
 

Letters from Andre Orbeliani to Richard Seltzer:

January 29, 1977 (reaction to early draft of The Name of Hero)
March 9, 1981
 

Letter from Andre Orbeliani to Tom Dykstra

November 15, 1987





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