Georgian author Nino Kharatishvili awarded German literary prize
20 December, 2017
Georgian author Nino Kharatishvili awarded German literary prize
The sixth Hertha-König-Preis was given to the Georgian writer Nino Kharatishvili.

The prize is endowed with 4000 Euro and is awarded every couple of years to German speaking authors for their life’s work or a single outstanding publication in prose or lyric. The award is an homage to the German writer, poet and patron Hertha König.

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Award-winning writer and theater director Nino Kharatishvili. (Photograph: Danny Merz, Sollsuchstelle)

Additionally, the winner of the Hertha-König-Preis traditionally chooses a young talent for the
advancement award. Nino Kharatishvili chose the lyricist Lina Atfahr who was born in Syria and fled to Germany.

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Nino Kharatishvili's bestselling book "Das achte Leben (Für Brilka)". (Photograph: Schöne Seiten)

Nino Kharatishvili was born in Georgia and came to Germany 14 years ago, when she was 20. She has made a name for herself as a theater director and was on the longlist of the German Book Prize for her debut novel „Juja“ (Dwarf). In 2014, her third book „Das achte Leben (Für Brilka)“ (The 8th life. For Brilka) became a bestseller and was recognized as one of the most important books of the year. The novel tells the story of a Georgian family throughout the 20th century.

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