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.
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