89-year-old Georgian writer nominated for Nobel Prize
09 September, 2016
89-year-old Georgian writer nominated for Nobel Prize
Giwi Margwelaschwili, a famous Georgian writer and philosopher is presented to the Nobel Prize.
89-year-old Margwelaschwili lives in Berlin and writes in German.

Giwi Margwelaschwili was born in 1927, in Berlin, in the family of a Georgian expatriate, Tite Margwelaschwili, who fled to Germany in 1921, following Soviet invasion of Georgia. In 1946, father and son were allured into the area controlled by Soviets, in Berlin, and sent to the special camp. While Tite w
as deported to Tbilisi and shot as a traitor after eight months of interrogation and torture, Giwi was released after 18 months in the camp. He was not allowed to return to West Berlin and so he moved to his relatives in Georgia.

Giwi studied at the Institute of Foreign Languages in Tbilisi and after graduating, worked there as a lecturer for many years. He also wrote novels, short stories and plays in German but not one of his works had ever published during Soviet times.

Closer to the end of 1980s, Margwelaschwili was allowed to travel to West Berlin for the first time in 40 years. In Germany, several of his works were published, including Kapitän Wakusch, Die Grosse Korrektur and Muzal, as well as a prosaic collection Der ungeworfene Handschuh: ontotextologische Versuche.

Giwi Margwelaschwili was recognized as one of the greatest creators of modernity, a documentary about his life and works was made and he was invited to the German and American universities.
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Margwelaschwili is a recognized philosopher and existentialist in Germany. In 1997, he was elected an Honorary Doctor of Tbilisi State University and in 2006 was awarded with Goethe Medal. In 2013, Giwi Margwelaschwili prize was set up in Georgia and the first person to be awarded was Margwelaschwili himself.

In 2015 he was granted the Presidential Order of Excellence by the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili.

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