Georgia in 1900: Stasia, daughter of a chocolate factory‘s owner, and her three sisters grow up in the upper echelons of Georgian society. Stasia dreams of a life in Paris and a career in ballet but at 17 marries a White Guard soldier. When Stalin becomes the sole leader of the Soviet Union, the socialist squads enjoy the good life, whilst the country’s impoverished population suffers. Stasia and her children Kitty and Kostja seek shelter in the house of Stasia’s sister Christine in Tbilisi. But when Stalin’s right-hand man Lawrenti Beria takes notice of Christine’s astonishing beauty, it has disastrous consequences.

»The Eighth Life« is an epic family saga beginning with the Russian Revolution and swirling across a century, encompassing war, loss, love, ghosts, joy, massacres, tragedy – and hot chocolate.

A classic tragedy with a gripping psychological exploration of crime and punishment, about wars between countries and wars inside of heads and about those who are driven by a deep longing for freedom and redemption.

»The Eighth Life (For Brilka)« has been awarded the prestigious BDI Literature Prize of the Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy 2015, the Anna Seghers Prize 2015, the Lessing Prize Stipend 2017, the Bertolt Brecht Prize 2018 and the Schiller Memorial Prize 2019.

Key Speaker at the Opening Ceremony of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018

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Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt (Germany) 2018

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The Author

born in 1983 in Tbilisi is an award-winning playwright, director and author of the celebrated novel »The Eighth Life (for Brilka)« (FVA 2014) that has been translated into multiple languages and has received, among other awards and grants, the Lessing Award and the Bertolt-Brecht-Award.