Launch: The Pear Field
November 4 - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
In partnership with our friends, the mighty Peirene Press, we’re holding a virtual book launch for The Pear Field!
Writer Nana Ekvtimishvili will be joined by renowned cultural journalist and critic Maya Jaggi – who has written extensively about Georgian literature and film for publications such as the Guardian and the Financial Times, and in April 2016 was Artistic Director ‘Where Europe Meets Asia: Georgia 25’, a cultural week marking the 25 years since Georgia gained independence from the Soviet Union. This very special event will be hosted by Maddie Rogers of Peirene’s ‘Borderless Book Club‘, with readings from translator Elizabeth Heighway.
The Pear Field is acclaimed Georgian filmmaker Nana Ekvtimishvili’s debut novel. First published in 2015, it was awarded several prestigious literary prizes in Georgia and has also been published in Dutch and German, with reviewers praising the book as ‘delicate, heartrending, but completely unsentimental’ (Bayerischer Rundfunk) and ‘a moving debut’ (Norddeutscher Rundfunk).
Beautifully translated by Elizabeth Heighway, the novel centres around eighteen-year-old Lela, who lives in the Residential School for Intellectually Disabled Children. Languishing on the outskirts of Tbilisi, the school is run-down and chronically underfunded, home to a motley group of other children who are either orphans or have been abandoned by their parents. Interspersing vivid snapshots from Lela’s past with the turbulent present, Ekvtimishvili paints an unflinching picture of post-Soviet Georgian life, as experienced by those on the margins of society.
The discussion will be accompanied by readings from the author and translator and will be followed by an audience Q&A!
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November 4th, 7:30pm.
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Zoom Webinar (you will be sent a link).