Pajtim Statovci - My Cat Yugoslavia
Hailed as a major new voice in international fiction, Statovici was just twenty-three when he wrote this deeply original and moving book. Winner of Finland’s Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize, Statovici’s assured debut novel starts in 1980s Yugoslavia with an unfortunate marriage, which, like the country, soon falls apart. Following the characters to Finland, the narrative recounts the life of the couple’s son, Bekim. As an immigrant and a gay man, Bekim is doubly alienated. His only friend is a boa constrictor—until he meets a cat at a bar. This beguiling cat can talk, and he first charms his way into Bekim’s life then changes it, persuading him to return to Kosovo and reclaim the parts of his heritage he left behind.