Nino Haratischvili was born in Georgia in 1983, and moved to Germany in 2003. An award-winning novelist, playwright and theatre director, she lives in Berlin, and has written in both German and Georgian since the age of 12. Her debut novel Juja (2010) was nominated for the German Book Prize, as was Die Katze und der General in 2018. The Eighth Life (for Brilka), a novel of more than 900 pages, was published in 2014, won the Bertolt Brecht prize among others, and became a bestseller in German, Polish, Dutch and Georgian. Its acclaimed English translation by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin, published by Scribe in 2019 and recently out in paperback, won the 2020 Warwick Prize for Women in Translation. It was praised in The Guardian as ‘momentous …harrowing, heartening and utterly engrossing’, and in the FT as a ‘true supra of a novel – a lavish banquet of family stories that can, for all their sorrows, be devoured with gluttonous delight.’ She has also translated into German two novels by Lasha Bugadze (in the tavern on 26 February).