Born in 1939, is an outstanding figure in Georgian literature, one of the most titled contemporary poets, who has authored more than twenty poetry collections and two prose books Epigraphs for Forgotten Dreams and Sixty Mounted Knightsor - the Book of Hyperboles and Metaphors. He graduated from the Philology Department of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi University. He started his literary career in 1954 and published his first collection of verses in 1968. He worked in the literary magazine 'Mnatobi' and in 1998-2002 was the director of the publishing house Nakaduli. Besik Kharanauli’s, untraditional but, on the other hand, ironic and modernistic works characterized by Pshavian dialect and folk verse were considered as a novelty in the poetic scene of 20th century. Besik Kharanauli is portrayed as an innovator by nature, brisk, wise and eternally youthful, who managed to survive the Soviet pressure and contribute to post soviet Georgian Era, his works do not lose its importance and actuality even nowadays. He is the receipant of a number of prestigious Georgian literary awards. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature by the Georgian government. Kharanauli’s short stories and poems have been published in German, Dutch, Italian, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Bulgarian and French: Anthology of Georgian Poetry through the Ages: Ich aber will dem Kaukasos zu… - Pop Verlag 2015, Germany; Anthology of contemporary Georgian short stories: A Man Zero - ADK Publishing 2015, Azerbaijan; Georgian Fiction: Literatura Georgiana - Instituto Tlaxcalteca de la Cultura 2015, Mexico; Contemporary Georgian Fiction - Dalkey Archive Press 2012, USA; The Book of Amba Besarion Le Livre d'Amba Besarion Meudon: Quidam éd 2010, France.


  • Translations from American, Intelekti Publishing, 2014 
  • Poems 2003 – 2013, Intelekti Publishing, 2013
  • The Chief Gamer, Intelekti Publishing, 2012
  • Poems 1954 – 2005, Intelekti Publishing, 2012
  • Epigraphs for Forgotten Dreams, Bakur Sulakauri Publishing, 2005, Palitra L Publishing, 2010
  • Sixty Knights Riding Mules, Publishing House Sezane, 2010
  • 100 Poems, Intelekti Publishing, 2007 
  • Two Pages about the Sky and Earth, 2005
  • Amba Besarion’s Book, Arete Publishing, 2003
  • An Afternoon Book, Nakaduli Publishing, 1991
  • Verses, Poems, Merani Publishing House, 1988
  • Dictate, Angelina!, Merani Publishing House, 1985
  • Agonic, Merani Publishing House, 1991
  • The Lame Doll, Merani Publishing House, 1973


  • Literary award SABA 2016 in category the best poetry collection of the year
  • Literary Prize LITERA 2016 in the category The best Poetry Collection of the Year
  • Honorary award SABA 2015 for his Contribution to the Georgian Literature 
  • Literary Prize GALA 2012 in category the best table-book for the Poems 1954 – 2005
  • President’s Order of Eminence 2010
  • Literary Award SABA 2004 in category the best poetry collection Amba Besarion’s Book  
  • Shota Rustaveli State Prize 2002 
  • Ilia Chavchavadze State Award for Artistic Work
  • The State Prize of Georgia 1992 for his Contribution to the Georgian Literature

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