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Ratiani Zviad


Zviad Ratiani (born 1971 in Tbilisi) is a poet and translator. He has published six poetry collections and has at the same time worked intensively on translations of English and German poetry into Georgian. Among his numerous translations, Zviad Ratiani has introduced to Georgian readers such major work as the poetry of T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Robert Lowell, Ted Hughes, Rainer-Maria Rilke, Derek Walcott, Mark Strand and Paul Celan. For the Celan translation, Ratiani received the Goethe Institute Prize in 1999. He won several prizes and awards, among them the SABA Literary Award in 2010 for the Negative, as well as the LITERA Prize in 2016 for his last poetry collection You Are Allowed. Both awards were for the category The Best Poetry Collection of the Year.