We are absolutely delighted that The Pear Field by Nana Ekvtimishvili, translated from the Georgian by Elizabeth Heighway, has been shortlisted for the EBRD Literature Prize 2021.
Here’s what the judges said:
“Narrated in a clear, fluid prose – brilliantly captured by Elizabeth Heighway – Nana Ekvtimishvili’s novel is vicious, funny, totally enchanting and teeming with life.” Toby Lichtig (Chair)
“Full of observation, heart-rendering without being melodramatic, the novel portrays otherness in one its most extreme forms, telling stories of rejected children from a deeply humanist, dark yet life-affirming perspective. This engaging story, told with skill and compassion, features just the right amounts of realism, brutality, irony, sadness and, ultimately, hope.” Anna Aslanyan
“Throughout this parable of survival, so persuasively translated by Elizabeth Heighway, you are struck by the universes [the children] make with each other, and haunted by their urgent universes of the heart.” Julian Evans
The winner of the EBRD Literature Prize receives €20,000 to be split equally between author and translator, while runners up receive a prize of €4000 each.
Read the full EBRD shortlist here.