Nino Kharatishvili’s newest novel among German Book Prize nominees

German-based Georgian author Nino Kharatishvili. Photo: Danny Merz., 13 Sep 2018 - 14:44, Tbilisi,Georgia

Award-winning Georgian author Nino Kharatishvili’s brand-new novel The Cat and the General has been nominated for this year’s German Book Prize, a high-profile award held ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

The German-based author’s new work is in a shortlist of six books picked for nomination for the prize that reveals the novel of the year annually.

In the work, Kharatishvili has created a character of Alexander Orlov, a Russian oligarch who has moved to Berlin but cannot escape his guilt-ridden memories from the First Chechen War in the 1990s.

The cover for Kharatishvili’s novel ‘The Cat and the General”. Photo:

Troubled by one particular memory tied to a young Chechen woman, Orlov — or “The General”, as he is known to everyone — goes back to the Caucasus in search of atonement.

Kharatishvili’s writing was praised by juries of the award who published their evaluations for shortlisted works.

Every sentence here attests to the joy of storytelling [...] and everything is told with powerful imagery and sensuousness: Great cinema!”, the judges said about the Georgian author’s novel.

The Cat and the General was printed by Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt earlier this year. The novel now has a chance to be named the winner of the German Book Prize, with the awards set to be hosted on October 8, prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Georgian authors and literature has been introduced to readers and publishers in Germany throughout this year, with the country set to be represented as the official Guest of Honour at this year’s fair.

Born in Tbilisi, Nino Kharatishvili moved to Germany in 1995 and gained recognition through works including Radio Universe and The Barbarians.

Her widely acclaimed novel The Eighth Life (for Brilka) received the Bertolt Brecht Prize for Literature early this year, while the author has also been distinguished with the Anna Seghers Prize, a prestigious literary honour in Germany.