The Eighth Life

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Price
$28.00  $26.04
Publisher
Scribe Us
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Pages
944
Dimensions
6.1 X 9.2 X 2.4 inches | 2.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781950354146

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About the Author

Nino Haratischvili was born in Georgia in 1983, and is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and theatre director. At home in two different worlds, each with their own language, she has been writing in both German and Georgian since the age of twelve. In 2010, her debut novel, Juja, was nominated for the German Book Prize, as was Die Katze und der General in 2018. Her third novel, The Eighth Life, has been translated into many languages and is an international bestseller. It won the Anna Seghers Prize, the Lessing Prize Stipend, and the Bertolt Brecht Prize, and was longlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2020. She lives in Berlin.
I've always loved writing, and telling stories. Whether that was writing letters to my friends and family when I was at boarding school as a child, or writing emails that eventually turned into blog posts about our move to London. I've also always liked people, and am fascinated by how different and similar we all are and how we all have a unique view of the world around us.My friends and family will tell you that I can't help but notice random things about everything that goes on all around me, and I have an obsessive need to talk - or write - about it. My debut novel, Sweet Charity, which I published in January 2022, became a composite of so much of that; many notebooks' worth of random observations over many years.If you've read my book - thank you so much for taking a chance on me, a new author! And thank you also to those of you who've left reviews, I really appreciate them. I plan to start working on my next novel this year.A bit about me: I was born in Zimbabwe, to South African parents, and grew up in both Zambia and Zimbabwe. After finishing high school in Bulawayo, I studied at the University of Cape Town. I now live in London with my husband, and we travel back to Cape Town whenever we can. It was our home for many years, and where our two sons grew up. London is fun and exciting, and southern Africa forever holds a special place in my heart.
Charlotte Collins studied English at Cambridge University. She worked as an actor and radio journalist in both Germany and the U.K. before becoming a literary translator. She previously translated Robert Seethaler's novelThe Tobacconist.

Reviews

"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."
--Wendell Steavenson, The New York Times Book Review

"[A]n exceptional, deeply evocative saga of an elite Georgian family as they endure the 20th century's political upheavals, from before the Bolshevik Revolution through the post-Soviet era...In heartfelt prose, Haratischvili seamlessly weaves the political upheaval around the characters into the love and loss in their lives. Haratischvili's epic portrait of a close-knit family doubles as a stunning tribute to the power of resilience." STARRED REVIEW
--Publishers Weekly

"This novel has generated substantial industry buzz and international critical praise. Both are justified...The Eighth Life--the story of a family, a country, a century--is an imaginative, expansive, and important read." STARRED REVIEW
--Bethany Latham, Booklist

"If it's a family saga you're seeking, look no further than this grand tale...The author gracefully interweaves the historical backdrop of her novel with the lives of her characters, thus adding depth to her story. Heartily recommended." STARRED REVIEW
--Edward B. Cone, Library Journal

"This is a long, rewarding novel...ably translated through a collaborative process. It makes for an engrossing book. Haratischvili has created a fascinating cast (and it's easy to imagine it as a television series) whose lives illuminate some of the greatest events of the 20th century."
--Declan O'Driscoll, The Irish Times

"Elegant...it demonstrates a technical mastery, impressively sustained...The Eighth Life is more than a family saga: it is an ode, a lamentation, a monument--to Georgia, its people, its past and future."
--Bryan Karetnyk, TLS

"The Eighth Life is capacious, voluble, urgent, readable, translated heroically and sparklingly by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin."
--Julian Evans, The Telegraph

"Spanning six generations of a family between 1900 and the 21st century, its characters travel to Tbilisi, Moscow, London and Berlin in an epic story of doomed romance that combines humour with magic realism."
--Marta Bausells, The Guardian, 'Ten of the best new books in translation'

"Nino Haratischvili's elegant epic...is a triumph of both authorship and painstaking translation...The Eighth Life is an unforgettable love letter to Georgia and the Caucasus, to lives led and to come, and to writing itself."
--The Economist

"The Eighth Life...is a lavish banquet of family stories that can, for all their sorrows, be devoured with gluttonous delight. Nino Haratischvili's characters...come to exuberant life. Her huge novel...shows a double face, its crushing pain and loss nonetheless conveyed with an artful storyteller's sheer joy in her craft.."
--Boyd Tonkin, The Financial Times

"The novel of the year."
--Der Spiegel

"No doubt Nino Haratischwili is one of the most important voices in contemporary German literature."
--Die Zeit

"[T]his sprawling epic of love and loss...The Eighth Life is an expansive and hopeful tale centered on family touched by war and revolution."
--Foreword Reviews

"[T]his sprawling epic of love and loss...The Eighth Life is an expansive and hopeful tale centered on family touched by war and revolution."
--Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail

"Sometimes I wonder how many people harbor a secret desire to write a book about their family's entire history. I have certainly met enough women in my life who have expressed this explicitly, especially the stories shared by their mothers and grandmothers--the implication being that we don't get enough of these stories in literature or biographies. It is perhaps for this reason that reading Nino Haratischwili's The Eighth Life, translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin, feels so familiar, almost like a wish fulfilled...The Eighth Life has deservedly been compared to Tolstoy's War & Peace."
--Barbara Halla, Asymoptote

"[A]n epic--a magnificent, sprawling family saga that captures the suffering and pride of the Georgian people throughout the tumult of the twentieth century. The writing is rich and the characters full-blooded. Simply put, The Eighth Life is Georgia's Gone with the Wind."
--Words Without Borders

"Once I finished this amazing family tale, the gold is worn off the cover in places, but the memories that made for a story told well will remain with me. I felt part of this family as I traveled with them through time and history; as they shared with me all the threads of their woven carpet, generations old...I loved this amazing book."


--Shannon Alden, Literati Bookstore

"It's definitely the best work of fiction I've read in the last year."


--John Leake, Novel Bookstore

"The scope is Tolstoyan: the drama of War and Peace, the emotion of Anna Karenina...A sprinkling of Allendesque magic realism is added, along with a handful of spirits and a secret recipe for delicious and addictive hot chocolate that appears to curse those who drink it."


--Lizzy Siddal, The Riveter

"The Eighth Life is capacious, voluble, urgent, readable, translated heroically and sparklingly by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin."
--Julian Evans, Stuff

"If you only read one book this year make sure it is The Eighth Life...Intricately crafted and addictive, The Eighth Life is an extraordinary, dramatic and compelling read...The ambitious, vivid and unflinching translation from the original German by Ruth Martin and Charlotte Collins is in itself a work of art, and deserves to win every translation prize going."
--BookBlast

"[A] generational saga of 20th-century Georgia with the drama and grandeur to be Georgia's Gone With the Wind."
--Lit Hub

"Everybody requires a new, vigorous narrative of European ideals, of the European past...Nino Haratischwili has created this narrative in her new novel."
--Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung

"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

"Not only in its length does this novel resemble the work of Boris Pasternak. You will not want to put it down. The red century devours a family, and history comes with a pinch of chocolate--Like Water for Chocolate, even."
--Brigitte

"The Eighth Life is a sprawling family saga, to be savored for its grandeur, scope and scale...Interwoven with love, loss, trumps and tragedy are the uncanny impacts of a family recipe for divine hot chocolate, which just might carry a curse...enthralling and satisfying." FIVE STARS
--Maureen Eppen, Good Reading

"This multi-award winning novel is a riveting read...You too often want to pause and appreciate delightful twists, intriguing concepts, the catch-your-breath unexpected."


--The Australian

"The Eighth Life is the sort of book that sweeps you along, sustaining a tremendous feeling of urgency, as if the narrator...is desperate to get it all out, get it all on paper, before the family curse catches up with her."
--The Saturday Paper