I love Mandelstam’s poetic summary of place, here the city of Sukhum, where he says every word starts with A and you should start your study of Caucasian alphabets.

‘Sukhum: a city of mourning, tobacco, and fragrant vegetable oils.  Here is where one should begin studying the alphabets of the Caucasus; here every word starts with a.‘  


Source: Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia (London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011), p. 71

Image credit: black and white photo of Sukhumi in 1950 from YouTube; Georgian alphabet from the Georgian Journal


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