THE EIGHTH LIFE (FOR BRILKA) is an epochal novel about a family, a powerfully written epos about eight exceptional lives in the vicissitudes of Georgian-Russian War and Revolution.
Georgia in 1900: Stasia, daughter of a chocolate factory 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 righthand man Lawrenti Beria takes notice of Christine’s astonishing beatuy, 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.
Over 300.000 copies sold in Germany, translated to 16 languages and nominated for the International Booker Prize (2020).
Scandinavian and Baltic rights available through agentur literatur Gudrun Hebel. Sold to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Lithuania.
Hardcover, 1280 pages,
Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt 2014
»a literary phenomenon«
– The Guardian
»An adventurously good novel! …this year’s great summer book!«
– VG, Norway
»1245 pages unfold in a story that is without a dull moment – a great achievement. […] ‚The eighth life‘ breathes life into my frozen, Nordic soul. The novel is composed of equal parts blood and lust. Abuse and love. Black sea and chocolate. Just let yourself get carried away with it.«
– NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting)
»Nino Haratischwili has written a great book: a book which ranges over a century and half of the globe; a book however, within which—as in the infant’s experience—everything is only love and dread. It is a coup!«
– Süddeutsche Zeitung
»The novel of the year.«
– Der Spiegel
»No doubt Nino Haratischwili is one of the most important voices in contemporary German literature.«
– Die Zeit
»Something rather extraordinary happened. The world fell away and I fell, wholly, happily, into the book…My breath caught in my throat, tears nestled in my lashes…devastatingly brilliant.«
– The New York Times Book Review