Tbilisi’s prominent publishing house Karchkhadze Publishing, owned by the Georgian writer Jemal Karchkhadze’s son, Gia Karchkhadze, presents its publication of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden in Georgian today.
The novel was originally published in the U.S. in September 1952. Today, 63 years later, Georgian readers are able to get to know in their native language the work that the American Nobel Prize-winning writer considered his magnum opus.
“It has everything in it I have been able to learn about my craft or profession in all these years.” Steinbeck commented on East of Eden. “I think everything else I have written has been, in a sense, practice for this,” the writer claimed.
Set in the rich farmland of California’s Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
Through the novel, Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love’s absence.
In 1955, East of Eden was adapted into an iconic film featuring America’s sweetheart James Dean for the very first time:
The presentation of the Georgian translation will take place at Chavchavadze Avenue’s Biblus bookstore at 7pm today. The translation from English is done by Ramaz Khatiashvili.