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Top email so far this morning, from reader Fred Bartlett: “Since you also
know a little (or a little about) Georgian, I’m surprised you didn’t mention
Repentance, which is a mildly surrealistic movie about a Stalin-like
dictator from 1984. Directed by Tenqiz Abuladze and starring Avtandil
Makharadze and Zienab Botsvadze. The title makes it a great movie to watch
on Ash Wednesday. It’s in Georgian with English subtitles — though every
video guide I’ve ever looked it up in has claimed that it’s in Russian. The
poor Georgians just don’t get any respect. Incidentally, did you know that
the Georgian for ‘Hello!’ (gamarjoba) is etymologically related to
’Victory!’ (gamarjveba)? Do you suppose we should adopt that? Especially
when greeting French folk?”


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