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President Zourabichvili Opens Janri Kashia Library at the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia

President Salome Zourabichvili, together with the Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Parliament, opened the Janri Kashia Library at the sixth branch of the National Parliamentary Library of Georgia.
Janri Kashia's Library, which President Zourabichvili gifted to the National Parliamentary Library, consists of up to 2,000 unique editions, including prohibited literature, self-editions, Georgian emigrants’ writings, periodicals in Georgian and foreign languages, and Janri Kashia’s personal archives among others. The National Parliamentary Library saved this collection as a separate fund.
“Today, it is a very pleasant occasion for me, as Janri Kashia’s dream has become reality. He collected various publications and books all over the world over the years. In his lifetime, while living in France and the US, he intended to get his library available to everyone so that they could use his library, and familiarize Georgian or foreign literature in different thematic editions. He could not fulfill his dream then, and when we returned back to Georgia, we brought back his whole library.
“Today, placed here is only the larger part of his library, while the remaining part is kept at home to feel that he is still with us and lives there. His soul is also here, in this Library, and everyone who is interested to come here has the opportunity to feel how he worked because in almost every book, there are his critical notes and analyses. It is important therefore to get it more accessible to the public. On May 8, he would have turned 80 years old, and he would have been happy to have such a gift for his birthday,” said the President of Georgia.
President Salome Zourabichvili also gifted archives collected by Janri Kashia about Georgian political emigration to the National Library last year. The archive is preserved at the Emigration Hall of the National Library. There are also saved the unique editions handed by the father of Salome Zourabichvili, Mr. Levan Zourabichvili, from his personal library. 

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