Please Don’t Call it Soviet
Tail 1991 ISBN 1-85242-216-5.
A travel book about Georgia and its people. Georgia is where Jason went to find
the Golden Fleece – with a little help from Medea.
On 9th April, 1989, Soviet troops entered Tbilisi, the capital
of Georgia which was still a republic of the Soviet
Union. Russian soldiers gassed people demonstrating in
favour of democracy. Seven months later, the Berlin
Wall came down and nine months after that, Lenin’s
statue was toppled in Tbilisi’s main square.
I travelled round Georgia during these uncertain times,
courtesy of the Communist Party, sometimes on foot, sometimes
by bike. I had gone there not in search of democracy but
looking for the Medea myth for Georgia is the historic Colchis,
the country where Jason came to in search of the Golden Fleece
and where the Medea legend was born. In the legend, she kills
her two children so how was it that so many Georgian women
were - and still are - called Medea?
found out why but also discovered a great deal more about
this strange and lovely country where men dance with knives
between their teeth, the wine is of the best and the mountainous
region of Svaneti is out of bounds – but not to me.