We're delighted that The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili, translated by Charlotte Collins & Ruth Martin, has been announced as the 2020 winner of the Warwick Prize for Women in Translation.
The £1000 prize was established by the University of Warwick in 2017 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.
Judge Susan Bassnett says of The Eighth Life: “A terrific book. At 934 pages it may look daunting at first, but as soon as you begin to read, Nino Haratischvili's story-telling 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”.
Judge Amanda Hopkinson adds: “This is a ‘Red Century’ of family history, from the Russian Empire to the Soviet Union; circling western European capitals and returning to Tbilisi. The opening recipe for an Elysian drinking chocolate, passed on through the generations, is symbolic of temptations, excesses and secrets to come. Finely, impressively co-translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin, this volume is heavy to lift but becomes impossible to put down!”
Although not on the shortlist, scribe title The Way Through the Woods by Long Litt Woon, translated from Norwegian by Barbara Haveland, was singled out from the longlist for commendation by the judges.
For more information about the prize and the runner-up, click here. Congratulations to Charlotte, Ruth and Nino!