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Georgian authors at the Blue Sofa

13 September, 2018

Georgia was the guest at the Blue Sofa in Berlin on 13th of September. Nino Haratischwili, Lasha Bugadze and Nana Ekvtimishvili talked about their latest novels and their country at the Blue Sofa.

It has become a beautiful tradition: For the fourth time, the Blue Sofa, within the frames of the joint authors' forum of Bertelsmann brought the Guest of Honour country at the Frankfurter Buchmesse to the Bertelsmann in Berlin. "We are very involved in the cultural field in a variety of ways: with readings, exhibitions, concerts and film screenings.” - said host Helen Müller.

Ambassador of Georgia to the Federal Republic of Germany Elguja Khokrishvili politically arranged Georgia’s appearance: Germany was the first country which recognized the Georgian Democratic Republic after the declarations of independence in 1918 and 1992 and with whom Georgia started diplomatic relations.

Medea Metreveli, Director of the Georgian National Book Center also pointed out that Georgia had only regained its independence from the Soviet Union 25 years ago: "What the previous Soviet generation did not want to say, the authors of today say.” She promised the German readers: "You will hear new voices and perhaps you will also get involved with these voices". Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurter Buchmesse recalled that six years ago he had already started initial talks with his partners in Georgia. "First I fell in love with the people of the country, then I read their books and got to know their culture and that's not over yet". With the Guest of Honour program, the Buchmeese wants to make the people behind the books visible.

Medea Metreveli mentioned that Georgia is arriving with around 70 authors and has 160 books translated into German in its luggage. This will give the country insights into its literature and other  facets of the diverse cultural landscape.


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