This is the Chester Beatty Book Club Read at present.  The writer Nino Haratischvili is Georgian and writes in both German and Georgian.  It is a huge book, perfect for a period of isolation.  It's an historical novel set on the edge of the Russian Empire and seems to centre around a delicious chocolate receipe, so I am hooked.  But seriously it hs won many awards and I love to read books translated from other languages.  It is by the bed and I will be heading straight into it after "Actress".


Here's what the others say:


Six romances, one revolution, the story of the century.

'That night Stasia took an oath, swearing to learn the recipe by heart and destroy the paper. And when she was lying in her bed again, recalling the taste with all her senses, she was sure that this secret recipe could heal wounds, avert catastrophes, and bring people happiness. But she was wrong.'

At the start of the twentieth century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste ...

The Eighth Life by Nino Haratischvili


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