Born in 1979 in Ambrolauri currently lives in Tbilisi and works as a researcher and teacher at Tbilisi State University. She is a feminist activist and has background in Gender Studies (Central European University, Budapest). Her short stories first appeared online on literary web-sites and later were included in different fiction anthologies. In 2010 was published TamtaMelashvili’s debut work Counting Out which quickly gained success. The novel was acclaimed by the critics as the work of 'a new, highly distinctive voice' and won country’s top Literary Award Saba in 2011. Following year TamtaMelashvili’s work extended beyond Georgia and was nominated among the best ten in the 2012 Hotlist by Die BestenBűcherausUnäbhangigenVerlagen in Germany and won DeutscherJugendliteraturpreis 2013 in young adult category. Counting Out is translated into German, Croatian, Russian and English languages and is published in Macedonia - Shkupi 2016; Croatia - Hena.com 2015; Russia - Samokat 2014; Switzerland - Unionsverlag 2012. A Killer’s Job in Techno der Jaguare - Neue Erzählerinnen aus Georgien in Germany, Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt 2013.
- To the East, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2015.
- Killer’s Job in Techno der Jaguare: NeueErzählerinnenausGeorgien, Frankfurter Verlagsanstalt, 2013
- Counting Out,Diogene Publishing House 2010,BakurSulakauri Publishing, 2014
LITERARY PRIZES AND AWARDS
- DeutscherJugendliteraturpreis 2013 in category young adults for Counting Out
- 15 Best Short Stories 2013, BSP-BakurSulakauri Publishing award (2nd Place) for That Very Day
- Literary award SABA 2011 in category the best debut for Counting Out
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