- Modern Georgian Prose
"Mother's Room" is one of the most significant novels of Naira Gelashvili.
A young doctor and biochemist is successfully working on a drug that can cure cancer. He is not far from being internationally recognized for his invention when a sudden strike of fate turns his vision and achievements upside down because his favourite person, his mother is in danger.
The main character of the novel – mother – is a master of embroidery and a mysterious person.
Mother's room is separated from her three sons universe by a hand-knit and hand-embroidered double curtain which has a mesmerizing effect on the people who have not yet lost the sense of mystery. The relationship between the mother and her sons reflects the issues of the whole country, of the whole modern world: estrangement of a man from God, nature and his own self; complete desacralization of life and consequently longing for harmony with the existing reality, family members, animals or plants.
"Mother's Room" is a novel-fable, a novel of mystery that evokes in the reader a feeling of human existence as one big puzzle. Everything and everyone, would it be a family, parents and children or concepts like brotherhood, sisterhood and friendship, encounters and separations, are pieces that compose this puzzle... This is why this novel that was written at the end of the 20th century, the novel that lets us enter the private, secret space of every mother, never loses its relevance: we all need a mother and we always long for her even when she is still around.