Tumbling down the years, great characters and greater relationships come and go, in Nino Haratischvili’s compelling epic family drama. Translated by Charlotte Collins and Ruth Martin.

At the start of the 20th century, a Russian family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution that is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste. Stasia learns it from her Georgian father and takes it north, following her new husband. But Stasia’s will be only the first of a symphony of romances that swirl from sweet to sour in this epic tale of the red century.

The 2020 International Booker Prize
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Nino Haratischvili

Nino Haratischvili

About the Author

Nino Haratischvili was born in Georgia in 1983, and is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and theatre director.
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Charlotte Collins

Charlotte Collins

About the Translator

Charlotte Collins is a freelance journalist and literary translator.
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Ruth Martin

About the Translator

Ruth Martin has a PhD in German literature and philosophy from the University of London.
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