Award-winning author Nino Kharatishvili introduced to readers in UK

  • Readers in the UK are being introduced to the work of Nino Kharatishvili which have been distinguished with prizes and theatre adaptations in Germany. Photo: Yves Noir/Robert-Bosch-Stiftung., 27 Nov 2019 - 17:38, Tbilisi,Georgia

Nino Kharatishvili, a German-based Georgian author of bestselling works, is being introduced to readers in three London events this week where she speaks about her generational epic The Eighth Life (for Brilka).

Kharatishvili, whose work earned her Germany's Anna Seghers Prize and Bertolt Brecht Prize, was in conversation at The British Library on Tuesday joined by fellow writers and poets of the German literary scene.

In an "evening of riveting German literature" (The British Library) she was flanked by Durs Grünbein and Julia Franck, two award-winning authors, and translators Charlotte Collins, Karen Leeder and Ruth Martin.

Titled Riveting Germans: After the Wall, the discussion centred around the prose, poetry and translation in Germany three decades following the fall of the Berlin Wall.


In the second event of the series, Kharatishvili will be found at the English capital's Pushkin House later today to talk her bestselling novel and "wider historical narratives it explores" (The Pushkin House).

The talk will also feature Tom de Waal of the British Georgian Society as well as Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin, translators of the English language-edition of The Eighth Life.

In the final leg of her British introduction, the author will launch her book at the London branch of the Goethe Institute on Thursday, where the two translators will again join her in an evening hosted by European Literature Network director Rosie Goldsmith.

The three events see further breakthrough for Kharatishvili beyond the German scene, with The Eighth Life recently subject to launch of Polish and Georgian translations recently. The English translation of her novel is published by Scribe Publications.

Beside the Seghers and Brecht prizes the author as  distinguished with the Schiller Memorial Award earlier this year. Her latest work The Cat and the General has been adapted for stage at Hamburg's Thalia Theatre and was nominated for the German Book Prize in 2018.