Givi Margvelashvili: Georgian-German writer
20 February, 2014
Givi Margvelashvili: Georgian-German writer
On 13 February, Writers House of Georgia held an event from the series “Writers in the Writers House” dedicated to writer and philosopher Givi Margvelashvili.
Margvelashvili was born in Berlin in 1927. He did not come to his Georgian homeland until after he was released from prison, where he spent a year and a half. “There are internal and external emigrations,” he said at the meeting. “I realized that the synthesis of these two different emigrations is my work.”
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graduated from Tbilisi’s Ilia Chavchavadze State Institute of Foreign Languages, then?? began working as a teacher of German language there. He was finally allowed to return to the Federal Republic of Germany after 40 years. In Germany two parts of his novel “Kapitan Wakusch” have been published, along with the novels “Mutsali” and “Big Correction,” and prose writing entitled, “Life in Ontotext”.
Translator Alexander Kartozia, who led the meeting, spoke about the life and work of Margvelashvili: “Givi Margvelashvili is a great writer, not only because of the subjects on which he writes, but because of the language in which he writes; it is a wonderful, magical language.”
The writer is recognized as one of the prominent representatives of our time.He was identified as “the City Writer” in Germany. In 1997 he was named an honorary doctor at Tbilisi State University. In 2006 he was awarded the Medal of Goethe.
In 2013 the Goethe Institute and DVV International’s Office in Georgia together established a prize named for Givi Margvelashvili, which is annually awarded to public figures who deepen the relationship between Georgian and German cultures.
In 2014 the winner of this award is a Georgian historian, Germanist, actor and the literary museum’s director, Lasha Bakradze. The award ceremony was held at Writers House on 14 February, under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mrs. Maia Panjikidze who attended the ceremony. The German ambassador to Georgia Ortwin Hennig gave a speech, and emphasized the importance of the award.
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