In 1980s Yugoslavia, a young Muslim girl is married off to a near stranger, and the match quickly turns sour. Shortly thereafter, the country is torn apart by war and they flee to Finland, where her son Bekim grows up to become a social outcast, a foreigner, and a gay man in an unaccepting society. His only true companion is a boa constrictor that he lets roam around his apartment.
An outstanding debut novel from breakout author Pajtim Satovci, My Cat Yugoslavia hauntingly explores the complexity of present day humanity in terms of identity, displacement and desire.
“A marvel, a remarkable achievement, and a world apart from anything you are likely to read this year.” THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“A gripping and ambitious novel […] Pajtim Statovci is a voice to remember.” ELLE