The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili, translated from the Georgian by Elizabeth Heighway, has been longlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize, it was announced on March 30th.
Published in October 2020, The Pear Field is renowned filmmaker Ekvtimishvili’s debut novel. Set in a forgotten orphanage for disabled children in post-Soviet Tbilisi, it tells the story of 18-year-old Lela and her young friends as try to carve a space for themselves in an adult world that has only ever shown them abuse and neglect.
The judges said: “This unsentimental, plain-spoken novel, set in a forgotten orphanage at the edge of a pear field in post-Soviet Georgia, refuses to define its characters, who are mostly children, by their official life-chances. Unpredictable, gripping – it consists almost entirely of action rather than description – and vividly, defiantly alive, The Pear Field builds to a powerful evocation of love, loyalty, and the nature of family.”
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