Besik Kharanauli

Poet, Fiction Writer

Besik Kharanauli was born on November 11, 1939 in Tianeti. In 1962, he graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, the faculty of philology. Besik Kharanauli’s, on the one hand, untraditional but, on the other hand, ironic and modernistic works characterized by Pshavian dialect and folk verse were considered as a novelty in the 20th-century poetry. He started his literary career in 1954 and published his first collection of verses in 1968. He was an editor of the publishing house “Literature and Art” (1963-1967); an editor of the publishing house “Soviet Georgia” (1967-1972); a head of the editorial department of the magazine “Mnatobi” (Luminary) and later a deputy editor (1972-1998); a director of the publishing house “Spring” (1999). His verses have been translated into French, German, Russian, Czech, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Azerbaijani and other languages.

Bibliography:
  • The Lame Doll (1973)
  • Afternoon Book (1991)
  • Verses, Poems (1991)
  • Dictate, Angelina! A poem (1995)
  • Amba Besarion’s Book, a poem (2003)
  • Two Pages about the Sky and Earth (2005)
  • Epigraphs for Forgotten Dreams, a novel (2005)
  • 100 Verses from the Series: Georgian Poetry (2007)
  • Sixty Knights Riding Mules (2010)
  • Verses, Poems 1954-2005 (2012)
Awards:
  • The Shota Rustaveli State Prize
  • Ilia Chavchavadze Prize
  • State Prize (1993)
  • Literary Award “Saba” in the nomination “The Best Poetry Collection of the Year” for “Amba Besarion’s Book” (2004)
  • Literary Award “Gala” for the book “Verses, Poems” (2012)