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.

The 2021 International Booker Prize
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Nana Ekvtimishvili

Nana Ekvtimishvili

About the Author

Nana Ekvtimishvili, born in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a writer and film director. Published in 2015, The Pear Field is her first novel.
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Elizabeth Heighway

Elizabeth Heighway

About the Translator

Elizabeth Heighway has worked as a translator from Georgian and French since 2010.
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