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The Knight in the Panther's Skin in 50 languages

18 June, 2018

Georgia is this year’s Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. Visitors will gain an insight into the country’s great literature tradition at the reading marathon that takes place on 21st June at Goethe University Frankfurt. The centrepiece of the evening will be Georgian literature’s most important epic, Schota Rustaveli’s “The Knight in the Panther's Skin”. The heroic poem, which was written in the 12th century, tells the story of two couples whose fates intersect and depend on each other in unexpected ways. It has been shared orally in Georgia for centuries and has influenced the whole country’s self-perception considerably over the years. It has also been translated into many languages, including German, and has been on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register since 2013. At the reading marathon, students from Goethe University Frankfurt and Tbilisi State University will read excerpts from the poem in 50 languages. In addition, illustrations from various manuscripts and printed editions will be presented digitally. The Georgian National Book Center, Goethe University Frankfurt, Tbilisi State University and the literature salon EUTERPE are all inviting people to the event.
 
To mark Georgia’s Guest of Honour appearance, a new version of “The Knight in the Panther's Skin” is being launched onto the market in Germany. It will be told in a modern fashion by Frankfurt journalist and author Tilman Spreckelsen, and artistically illustrated by Kat Menschik. The book “Der Held im Pardelfell” (“The Hero in Lynx Fur”) will be released by the publishing house Verlag Galiani Berlin on 16th August.
 

“The Knight in the Panther's Skin” Reading Marathon
21st Juni 2018, 20:00, Goethe University Frankfurt, Campus Westend, Theodor-W.-Adorno Platz 1, PA Building




 

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