Mikhail Gigolashvilli was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1954. He taught Russian literature at the University of Tbilisi. Since 1991 Gigolashvilli lives in Germany and teaches Russian at the Saarland University. He is the author of two novels and a collection of short stories. Mikhail is also an artist with a number of personal exhibitions carried out in Germany. He is a member of the Dostoevsky Society, Germany, and the House of Artists, Saarland, Germany.