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Crossing by Pajtim Statovci review – an Albanian odyssey

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A young man and his cross-dressing friend flee Albania, in a devastating story shot through with subversive humourPajtim Statovci was born in Kosovo in 1990; his family emigrated to Finland just as the genocidal assault on Bosnia began, and later Kosovo. A Finnish-language writer of Kosovan-Albanian heritage, Statovci works at a fertile imaginative confluence that allows him the multiple perspective of the outsider-insider.His creepy 2017 debut My Cat Yugoslavia featured a pet python and a talking cat with whom the self-loathing protagonist, son of Kosovan immigrants, has an ambiguous relationship. It also included a vivid coming-of-age backstory about a young Kosovan, with a narrative of clan politics and brutal sexual awakening. It won awards in Finland and was compared with Let the Right One In for its subversive take on intimacy. It is a novel that gets under your skin. Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2019-05-22 08:00:07

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