The Givi Margvelashvili Prize 2018 for Particular Contribution to the Georgian-German Cultural Relations has been awarded to Ms. Naira Gelashvili, a Germanist and expert in literature studies, translator and writer.
The official award ceremony will take place at the Georgian stand of the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 13, 2018 at 3.30 pm, and later also in Georgia, at the Writers’ House of Georgia in Tbilisi, at the end of 2018.
It is the sixth Givi Margvelashvili Prize awarded by the Goethe Institute Georgia and DVV International Georgia.
Ms. Naira Gelashvili’s name is associated with brilliant translations of Friedrich Hölderlin’s poetry, Novalis’ and Rainer Maria Rilke’s prose and lyrics, the poetry of Else Lasker-Schüler, Georg Trakl, and others. Ms. Gelashvili is also the author of monographs on Hölderlin, Novalis, Rilke, and Paula Modersohn-Becker and translator of extended essays about Martin Heidegger, Thomas Mann, and Hermann Hesse. Naira Gelashvili was the academic editor of Rainer Maria Rilke’s five-volume edition.
Ms. Naira Gelashvili was the first to translate Givi Margvelashvili’s works into Georgian, including lyrics, miniatures, plays, and philosophic essays; she was also his first biographer, reviewer, and publisher. She organized and funded the publishing of Givi Margvelashvili’s philosophic and linguistic works.
Ms. Gelashvili’s works published in Germany include the documentary Georgia - A Paradise in Ruins (1993, Aufbau-Verlag) and The Anthology of Georgian Short Stories with an extended critical review (2000, Suhrkamp Verlag), also the novel, I’m the One, and the short story Travelling to Madrid.
Thus, it is symbolic that this year’s Givi Margvelashvili Prize will be officially awarded to Ms. Naira Gelashvili at the Frankfurt Book Fair where Georgia will be the Guest of Honor 2018.