BENIDZE SALOME

Born in 1986 in Kutaisi, Georgia is a contemporary young author, already well-established in the Georgian literary scene. Salome Benidze studied journalism, public relations and political science at Tbilisi State University, Vilnius University and Alexander Technological Institution of Thessaloniki. Georgian readers are well acquainted with her poetry, prose and translations. In 2012, Salome Benidze received literary award SABA for the best debut of the year, which brought her nationwide recognition. Throughout her career, she has been nominated for various important awards. Her works are published in printed and online media regularly. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 her stories The Lovers of my Lover, The Survivor and Lidia were included in the popular anthology  ‘15 Best Short Stories’ published annually by Bakur Sulakauri Publishing. She is the winner of many contests as a blogger and translator, she has translated David Beckham’s My Side and Shirin Ebadi’s widely acclaimed The Golden Cage. In 2015 Salome Benidze translated Unique Item by one of her favorite writers Milorad Pavić, the novel was published in the framework of the highly anticipated project  Pavić in Georgian,  launched by Intelekti Publishing. In 2016 Salome Benidze translated a novel by Salman Rushdie Two years, eight months and twenty eight nights (Bakur Sulakauri Publishing). Salome Benidze has worked in various governmental and non-governmental agencies, currently she works as a public relations specialist and is actively engaged in civil activities to defend women’s rights. 


BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • The City on the Water, Books in Batumi Publishing, 2015 
  • The Story of the Sleepless, Intelekti Publishing, 2013 
  • An Explanatory Note, Intelekti Publishing, 2011


LITERARY PRIZES AND AWARDS

  • Tsinandali award 2016 in category the best prose collection for The City on the Water
  • Literary award SABA 2012 in category the best debut for An Explanatory Note

 

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