Reading 21 October 2018


12:00 Location: Zofingen Kunsthaus, General-Guisan-Strasse 12, 4800 Zofingen, Switzerland Organizer: Georgian National Book Center, Literaturtage Zofingen Speakers: Davit Gabunia, Beka Adamashvili
Moderator: Hanspeter Müller-Drossaart
Translation: Rachel Gratzfeld

Falling Apart
tells an intimate story of a young Georgian family; the husband, Zura is unemployed, taking care of 2 children, the wife, Tina having a routine job, their life seems to be ordinary from outside. The Summer of 2012 turns out to be crucial – Zura becomes obsessed with a new neighbour’s (a 21-year-old gay man) private life, observing and taking pictures of his secret sexual encounters with an older politician; while Tina plunges into a passionate affair with her younger colleague. Both storylines reach the climax when Zura becomes a witness of a murder (the politician kills the gay guy) and Tina is abandoned by her lover. There are several narrators in the novel and the shifts of the perspectives, different voices present the isolated worlds of the characters, from their own viewpoints they fail to notice the growing danger which threatens to ruin their lives. 
Falling Apart was published in 2017 and quickly gained the national best-seller status in Georgia. Rowohlt Verlag will publish the German translation in 2018. 

is a novel about breaking off the literary clichés, ignoring or laughing at them. This book is an absolute hell for writers and a paradise for readers. Pierre Saunaige is an unpopular French writer. Only twelve men attended the presentation of his latest novel. Pierre decides that the only way to become popular is to commit suicide and so he carries out his PR intent and goes to hell. But hell is not the place we think it is. Writers have their own hell, so-called Literature Hell where every writer is tortured the same way they used to torture readers, for example: Jack Kerouac can’t stop walking and Samuel Beckett endlessly waits for somebody. So Dante Alighieri warmly welcomes newcomer Pierre to writers' hell, where BBC (Big Brother’s Channel) is controlled by George Orwell, William Shakespeare runs the hotel Hothello and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is the celebrity in self-murderers anonymous club. Curious things happen in Literature Hell. And while Pierre tries to investigate everything along with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, one of his fans on earth tries to solve the cipher code which Pierre left to her in a signed copy of his latest novel.