Best Novel of 2020


Page: 204
Format: 130 x 195 mm

Word: 25 4500
ISBN: 978-9941-30-709-6

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry

Author: Tamta Melashvili


Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry is a novel about a middle-aged woman, Etero, who lives a quiet life in a small town and owns a small shop. Her monotonous, dull days are alike and it seems there is nothing to disrupt the routine until one day, when her peace of mind is seriously threatened: she faces death as she almost falls into a raging river while picking fresh blackberries. From then on she decides to let herself do things she wouldn’t dare before.
She falls in love. 

The reader is able to grasp the heaviness of Etero’s life from her thoughts, emotions and feelings. Rural areas are quite static and tedious, which in most cases has a destructive effect on people’s lives. The protagonist is facing dilemma of how to carry on with her life and the reader is the one to decide. 

Blackbird Blackbird Blackberry is Tamta Melashvili’s third novel, following two previous ones: Counting Out and To the East. Her novels are translated into a number of languages and for Counting Out she has received a most prestigious Georgian literary award SABA and later on the literary prize from Germany the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis. 

Articles about the Book

A feature film for Blackbird, Blackbird Blackberry is in the works. Hubert Bals Fund, known for providing a platform for the culturally marginalized, singled out the project as one of the few worth representing. The novel, with the striking female voice at its core, will be adapted by the Georgian movie-director Elene Naveriani as her third feature-length film. Elene, the director of the recent Wet Sand, singled out Tamta’s unique insight into the psyche of an underprivileged, provincial, Georgian woman and described the adaptation as potentially “captivating, empowering and conflicting.” Notably, the feature will be produced by Keti Danelia, who also served as the producer on the Swedish-Georgian And Then We Danced.

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Language Territory Publisher
French World Éditions Beleville
German World Kolchis Verlag
Polish World Wydawnictwo Filtry