The Year of My Horrible Happiness
- New Translations
Translated from German by Nino Burduli
“From the very first encounter with Nino Kharatishvili’s narrative impresses one as a high-quality prose, but at the same time the manner is certainly akin to drama. The themes of war, love and solitude offer much food for thought, involving readers with the memorable imagery, stories and characters. It is impossible to be left unimpressed by the questions posed with amazing mastery, deep knowledge of theatre and literature in general, all of which the young Georgian working in Germany possesses.
“Four plays published in the present book are united by one aesthetic space, inspiring us to travel from one story into another, uncovering the hidden human layers, while the author discusses the eternal and the most significant. Such literature is academic and avant-garde at the same time, with every single emotion heart-felt and experienced. The author skillfully involves her readers to share her sentiments complete with colour, mood, atmosphere and individual style.
“Nino’s work belongs to the highest standards of modern literature. It can be read and interpreted differently in various parts of the world, but will invariably remain interesting for everyone.” (Irakli Samsonadze)
The book is published with the support of the Georgian Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection, and of the Goethe Institute.