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‘The Eighth Life’ wins Warwick Prize for Women in Translation

The Eighth Life (Nino Haratischvili, trans by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin, Scribe) has won the UK’s Warwick Prize for Women in Translation, reports the Bookseller.

The Eighth Life, an ‘epic tale of six generations of one family’, was first published in German in 2014 and is the novelist’s third book. It was published by Scribe in Australia in 2020.

Judge Susan Bassnett said Haratischvili’s novel is ‘a terrific book’, adding that, at 934 pages, ‘it may look daunting at first, but as soon as you begin to read, Nino Haratischvili’s storytelling skills draw you in to the multifaceted narrative’.

‘Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin have done a superb job, maintaining the lightness of narrative touch and moving between the many voices of the different generations. I loved this book’.

Established by the University of Warwick in 2017, the £1000 (A$1900) prize was created ‘to address the gender imbalance in translated literature and to increase the number of international women’s voices accessible by a British and Irish readership’.

For more information about the prize, visit the website.



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