- Modern Georgian Prose
02:40PM is a detective novel by Zviad Kvaratskhelia having a tragic and multi-layered story as the basis for its plot.
The main character of the novel – Zaza Zandukeli – is a writer who has an elderly grandmother and has been unemployed for quite some time. One day he receives a call from a certain film studio with the offer to write a script. Through this Zaza is given the means to write that which has troubled him for years – the story of Martha’s suicide, a former lover.
Martha and Zaza are childhood friends. Martha’s family is overcome by serious moral and existential problems. Her brother is arrested and her mother however goes abroad to work. Promising the welfare and release of her brother, an investigator goes to her with a specific plan of action and offers to strike a deal.
As a result of severe psychological pressure and being spied on daily, Martha willingly agrees to the deal – sexual contact with some boys of her age. Yet she realizes very soon that she is spiritually and physically broken and ruined and hangs herself in her room.
This event – the sexual act and the suicide occurring afterwards – doesn’t pass without a trace for those five boys. They grow up, part from each over the years, and choose their own path in life, yet they are haunted by the evil deed committed during their younger years for the rest of their lives. 02:40PM is he winner of the 2013 SABA Award in the category The Year’s Best Novel.