By Zviad Kvaratskhelia
Translated by Mary Childs
Form 100 is a tragic, multi-faceted detective novel. It follows the story of Zaza Zandukeli, an unemployed writer with an elderly grandmother. One day, a film studio offers Zaza the chance to compose a script that allows him to write the story that has troubled him for years: ... Read more
Form 100 is a tragic, multi-faceted detective novel. It follows the story of Zaza Zandukeli, an unemployed writer with an elderly grandmother. One day, a film studio offers Zaza the chance to compose a script that allows him to write the story that has troubled him for years: the suicide of Martha, a former lover.
Martha and Zaza were childhood friends, but her family had always been plagued by severe moral and existential problems. Following the arrest of Martha's brother, her mother leaves abroad for work. Left to her own devices, Martha encounters an investigator who promises her welfare and her brother's release in exchange for engaging in sexual contact with five boys of her age. Experiencing severe psychological pressure and being spied on daily, she willingly agrees to the deal. Shortly after, she feels broken physically and spiritually and hangs herself in her room. These events do not go unforgotten. As the five boys grow up and go their separate ways in life, they remain haunted by the evil deed they committed during their youth for the rest of their lives.
Zviad Kvaratskhelia is a contemporary Georgian writer. He graduated from the Faculty of Jurisprudence at the Shota Meskhia Zugdidi State Institute in Georgia. From 2007 to 2008, Kvaratskhelia worked as the art editor of the public magazine Premieri. Shortly after, from 2010 to 2011, he worked as the deputy editor of the Kartuli Mtserloba magazine. Currently, he is the publishing projects coordinator and editor-in-chief for the Intelekti and Artanuji publishing houses. He is also the author and editor of several publication projects. He has published short stories and literary essays in Georgian periodicals, and his work has been translated to Turkish, Azerbaijani and English. In 2014, his book Form No. 100 won the prestigious SABA Award in The Year's Best Novelcategory. Kvaratskhelia lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Mary Childs is a Lecturer at the University of Washington, in the Department of Comparative History of Ideas. Her scholarly interests focus on post-colonialism and the climate crisis, identity politics, intergenerational trauma, and women's studies, and she teaches courses on the Black Sea Region, Georgian Cinema, Russian Translation, and Environmental Humanities. She has led study abroad trips to Georgia since 2009, writes about contemporary Georgian culture, and translates Georgian literature, primarily contemporary authors. She also hosts a website, The Georgian Digital Text Collective, dedicated to the dual-language presentation of Georgian literature.