- Modern Georgian Prose
Leah’s Time is a saga novel, giving a panoramic view of the adventures of a family that emigrated from Hungary, starting from the first Bagar who settled in Georgia in the beginning of the 19th century. The Bagar family history develops against the background of the real events unfolding in Georgia. The author traces the family life over two centuries, depicting its representatives in diversified situations, impelling them to act under completely different circumstances.
There are real historical figures in the novel, such as Akhmed Pasha, Khrushchev, Orjonikidze and many others, but the narrative focuses around the Bagars. We meet the first Bagar in 1800, while the last one lives in Tbilisi in 2000, working as a supervisor of the city clearing service. While cleaning up the mass after one of the demo rallies, he discovers a corpse behind the bushes and, together with his two employees, attempts to hide the crime evidence. They take the body to the cemetery on the capital’s outskirts to bury. It looks as though the action is genetic in its essence, well-rehearsed, because every Bagar over these two centuries has taken part in similar secret burial. The Bagars have hidden many bodies of those killed by them or others.
The several hour long scene in the brothel is central to the novel. The episode is significant as far as the weird sexual act involving one of the Bagars and twelve whores in the Kutaisi brothel determines the ensuing plot developments.