- THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS
Translated from English by Nino Dolidze
Patrick White is the first and the only Austrian writer so far who received the 1973 Nobel Prize in Literature. The Georgian edition of The Cockatoos is a collection of four novellas out of the original six: The Full Belly, The Night Prowler, Sicilian Vespers and The Cockatoos.
The Full Belly develops in Greece, in the times of the war and is about the hungry people on the verge of starving to death, left hopeless “in the heart of the lifeless city”. The Night Prowler depicts a psychological portrait of a young woman. Sicilian Vespers tells a story of an Australian couple travelling in Sicily. The title is equivocal, as apart from the couple attending the vesper service in one of the culminating parts of the text, the novella also reflects the last period of their life – the ‘vesper’ of their life, when there’s nothing left besides caring for each other, illness and the wait for death. The Cockatoos is about the citizens of a small city and how the ordinary lives of its ordinary citizens change after wild parrots appear in the town.