TAMARA DRAGADZE Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology(Kent) Dr of Philosophy in Social Anthropology (Oxon)
"I am passionate about understanding the inner logic of other cultures I also am passionate about battling against ‘culture’ being used as an excuse to oppress women and turn a blind eye. I am passionate about fighting stereotypes and hope that shows in my novels. I am passionate about classical ballet and still do a class every week. I am passionate about young people and, to be honest, especially my own children and granddaughter."
Tamara Dragadze is a political anthropologist who has 42 years study experience in the Caucasus Region and has published more than fifty articles and books. She has lectured and carried out research at the Universities of Leeds, Oxford, London (SOAS and SSEES) and Surrey. She is now a Senior Consultant at the Central European Consultancy, continuing private research and writing literary fiction.
She gave evidence in the early 1990’s to the British Parliament’s Committee on Defence on the Security of the Caucasus; during their first war she wrote the Human Rights in Chechnya report for Parliament’s Human Rights Group and has written and lectured widely about the tragedy of the conflict in Mountainous Karabagh.
"Professionally, I am an anthropologist and have published profusely in my field. For literature, I was granted three residencies at Yaddo, the artists’ retreat in the USA."
On 'Josefu's Thousand Hills':
At University I had taught about ethnicity and ethnic conflict, but as a novelist I wanted to write about something I could not explain as an academic: it had to be the Rwandan genocide! The horrors would have to be depicted through a kind of distance and, since I have been fascinated by the juxtaposition of places people can live in—physically in one place and mentally in another country—I placed the hero in the Canadian flat prairies recalling the burning hills of Rwanda during the killings.I wrote this novel for its own sake, not to put out a message, but if it helps people reflect or learn new facts, I am not going to be sorry. "
Tamara Dragadze lives in London where she works part time, is actively involved in local political and social issues and yet still manages to write. She visits family in Denmark regularly.
languages: English, French, Spanish Italian, Russian, Georgian (learning Danish)
Published and further works:
Published Works (fiction): “Like Milk on the Fire” 1965, Chatto and Windus
Parallel Journeys - a Triptych -
In each work, the protagonist is physically in one place but their thoughts are somewhere completely different. The incongruity of the two locations is very much a reflection of our modern world. Josef's Thousand Hills, being the centre piece of the tryptich, will be published first.
Texan Dreams in Chechnya
So as to survive a young Azerbaijani oil graduate taken as a hostage to Chechnya during winter recalls his time in Texas, which includes mentally walking through its air-conditioned shopping malls
Josefu's Thousand Hills
Conveying the states of mind of characters in their own terms—whether the victims, the perpetrators or the spectators— during a cataclysmic moment in African and overall human history.
The Many Thoughts of Jane Kingsley
Set in Peru, the third work in the Triptych witnesses a couple’s crumbling relationship, both between themselves and their surroundings, as they recall the traumas of their past year in Germany and England
Going Higher with Alison - a novel A fifteen year old girl in London goes wildly clubbing at night and cares for her dying mother during the day. She dreams of becoming an air pilot.
Remembering the Good - a memoir Memoir of the author’s teenage life in Tangier, spent amongst literary figures and personalities of the time.