Gandegili /Domenika Eristavi/

1864-1929 / writer, translator, journalist

Writer Domenika Eristavi, who went by the pseudonym Gandegili ("Hermit"), was known as "the Georgian Georges Sand". She wrote for the periodicals Iveria, Tsnobis Purtseli, Kvali, Temi, Nobati, Paskunji, Sakhalkho Purtseli, Almanakhi, Jejili and Nakaduli. In 1894 Domenika was named chief editor of Nobati magazine.

She was one of the founding members of the first Georgian women's organization, the Georgian Women's Society.

Her first collection of short stories was published in 1910, her first collection of poems in 1918.

Her short story "Marine" (1897) brought her her first recognition as an author. She wrote essays, criticism, miniatures, novellas and humorous pieces. She also translated children's stories and fairy tales. She translated the works of Heine, Gorkiy, Turgenyev, and Kuprin, among others. Gandegili also translated Aleksandr Griboyedov's "Woe from Wit".