In The Literature Express, the narrator was asked by the Ministry of Culture to go on the Literature Express only after Khavtasi, a poet who is described as "senile", refused to go.

Is Khavtasi a real poet (or even based on a real person)? Also, is this likely a first name or a surname?

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The Literature Express was a novel by Lasha Bugadze, and not a true story.

A couple of links about the above:

And Khavtasi seems to be a surname. Apart from the page Khavtasia Surname on Forbears.io, if we search on LinkedIn for Khavtasi, all the profiles with this show it as a surname.

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