Zurab Karumidze was born in 1957 in Tbilisi. He studied English language and literature at Tbilisi State University, where he wrote a dissertation on John Donne. He worked as a research associate at the Centre for Twentieth Century Literary Studies at Tbilisi State University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, working on postmodern American metafiction. He is an international fellow of the Center for Humanities at the Washington University in St. Louis. He has written essays, short stories, novels, and a history of jazz.