A Book of Wisdom and Lies

A Book of Wisdom and Lies (Georgian: წიგნი სიბრძნე სიცრუისა) is a collection of fables and tales written by Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani between 1686 and 1695.

A Book of Wisdom and Lies
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AuthorSulkhan-Saba Orbeliani
TranslatorKatharine Vivian
GenreFable, Picaresque novel, Grotesque, Allegory
Publication date
Pages174 pages

Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani was 20–25 years old when he wrote a collection of fables and tales “Sibrdzne Sitsruisa” (“A Book of Wisdom of Lies”). The book reflects his observations about life. Sulkhan-Saba skillfully presents many interesting and complicated aspects of human nature and gives his opinions and explanations. He gives answers to many questions and brings one to realization that a human should be kind.

One of the most famous works by the 17th-18th Century Georgian man of letters, containing Sufic and other narratives, tales and anecdotes. "Racy, clear and humorous--though the serious parts also read convincingly."—Professor David Lang.