Only a few happy moments: a bright but tragic love story of Alexander Griboyedov
Only a few happy moments: a bright but tragic love story of Alexander Griboyedov
Nina Chavchavadze and Alexander Griboyedov

Famous Russian writer Alexander Sergeevich Griboyedov, the author of the work "Woe from Wit", had, in addition to writing, many more talents. Today they say about such a genius. By the age of 30, he had achieved considerable success in the diplomatic field and was already completely disillusioned with life, if not for a meeting with Nina Chavchavadze… The girl was 17 years younger than him, their love story lasted only a few weeks, but it was this relationship that Griboyedov called "a novel that leaves far behind itself the most bizarre stories of fictional writers famous for their fantasy."

Alexander Sergeevich Griboyedov - Russian writer, composer, diplomat

For many years Griboyedov was a visitor to the house of Alexander Chavchavadze, a public figure and Georgian poet. Two erudites always had something to talk about. Griboyedov sometimes spent time with Chavchavadze's little daughter Ninobi, he taught her to play the piano. The girl addressed him as "Uncle Sandro".

Nina Chavchavadze is the wife of Alexander Griboyedov

Many years later, in 1828, Griboyedov arrived in Tiflis and visited his friends. When 15-year-old Nina Chavchavadze came to the table, something suddenly happened to Griboyedov's tough and disappointed life. As the writer himself later recalled, his heart began to pound madly. When he left the table, he took Nina by the hand and led her into another room. The embarrassed man muttered something to the girl, which made her cry, then laughed. After that, they went out and asked their parents' blessing for the marriage. The difference between the groom and the bride was 17 years. When Nina and Griboyedov got married, the girl was not even 16 years old.

Alexander Sergeevich Griboyedov. Watercolor portrait of P. A. Karatygin

Alexander Griboyedov was full of tenderness and love for his lovely playful wife. He called her "Murilev's shepherdess." But, unfortunately, their happiness was not destined to last long (only a few weeks). Alexander Griboyedov was appointed a diplomat in Persia (present-day Iran). Once again, on duty, he had to go to Tehran to take up the post of wazir-mukhtar - the Russian envoy to the court of the shah. Griboyedov was afraid to take his pregnant wife with him, knowing about the unsettled situation in the country. He left her at his residence in northwestern Iran in Tabriz.

Alexander Griboyedov at the Russian Embassy (fifth from right, wearing glasses)

The situation in Tehran is extremely tense: dispatches constantly came from Petersburg about the adoption of decisive measures against the Persian government. The diplomat himself knew that negotiations in the East should last for a long time and in compliance with all customs.

Finally, in January 1829, Griboyedov was allowed to return to his homeland, but this was not destined to come true. On January 30, a crowd of angry fanatics broke into the Russian embassy and killed everyone who was there. The dead body of Griboyedov was dragged along the streets of Tehran for a long time. The diplomat was identified only by a scar on his arm received in a youthful duel.

Nina Chavchavadze. Natela Iankoshvili

The death of Griboyedov from Nina Chavchavadze was hidden for two weeks. When she found out about the terrible death of her husband, the unfortunate woman began to give birth prematurely. The newborn only lived for one hour.

After the death of her husband and son, Nina put on mourning, which she wore for 28 years, until her death. She was dubbed "the black rose of Tiflis". Later they wooed Nina Chavchavadze more than once, but the beautiful widow could not imagine herself with anyone other than her unforgettable Sandro.Nina died at the age of 44 from cholera, caring for relatives during an epidemic. She was buried next to her husband. At the grave of Griboyedov, the unfortunate widow erected a monument to a kneeling woman with the inscription: "Your mind and deeds are immortal in Russian memory, but why did my love outlive you!"

The grave of Alexander Sergeevich Griboyedov

For descendants, Griboyedov remained a famous writer, author of the work "Woe from Wit", the plot of which he saw in a dream.

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