Nana Ekvtimishvili’s debut is a moving story of oppression and escape, which takes a sideways swipe at society’s neglect of the vulnerable. Translated by Elizabeth Heighway.
On the outskirts of Tbilisi is the Residential School for Intellectually Disabled Children - or, as the locals call it - the School for Idiots. Abandoned by their parents, the pupils here receive lessons in violence and neglect. At 18, Lela is old enough to leave, but stays to protect Irakli, a young boy at the school. When a couple from the USA decide they want to adopt a child, Lela is determined to do everything she can to help Irakli make the most of this chance.
About the AuthorNana Ekvtimishvili, born in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a writer and film director. Published in 2015, The Pear Field is her first novel.