My Cat Yugoslavia
An internationally acclaimed debut novel about war, family, love and belonging - and a talking cat
Yugoslavia, 1980s: a 16-year-old Muslim girl named Emine is married off to a man she hardly knows. But what was meant to be a happy match soon goes terribly wrong. Her country is torn apart by war and she flees with her family.
Decades later Emine's son, Bekim, has grown up...more
This remarkable ...more
Translated from Finnish and set in the backdrop of the Yugoslav war, it follows two narrative that intertwine of a mother and son, where we get to know the rest of the family. Emine, who is married off to someone she barely knows and Bekim, her son, who's a gay Muslim and keeps a boa constrictor and cat for company.
This book was extremely thought-provoking. Honest and raw. I loved how the author delved into and explo ...more
But.. This story is about a family who moves from Kosovo to Finland for a better life, a better home and away from the war that was happening back there. It's nar ...more
The plots, following Mom and son, stretch out over time. Mom's, the more pedestrian narrative of the two, is more conventional and slower paced. It's simply the tale of a young bride who marries a fellow Yugoslavian who is strong, handsome, and the worst kin ...more
I enjoyed reading the two stories of mother and son, although it was about the 2/3 point that I realized I would most likely end the book as confused as I was at that moment. I'm planning to read some reviews to try to make sense of it, although that feels a little bit like ...more
However,I really struggled with this book and halfway through the story I could not read anymore to preserve my sanity.
This is the weirdest book that I have ever had the experience of listening too.
Not my cup of tea I'm afraid but I did notice that some people really enjoyed reading this story.
Statovci tells the story of a family of Albanian refugees in Finland by weaving the story of the matriarch, Emine, and youngest son, Bekim. This is a story about immigration, love, acceptance, violence, and so many other things.
It’s very clear that Statovci was influence by Mikhail Bulgakov(this article says that his favorite book is The Master and Margarita). This influence is most obvious by the appearance of a rude, homophobic, obnoxious, and conceited cat. He constan ...more
One story is told from the POV of Bekim, a young man originally from Kosovo who immigrated to Finland with his family as a young boy to escape the mounting tensions in their country. The other ...more
Maybe I'm not intelligent enough for this award-winning debut novel full to the brim of metaphors as I felt a lot of the context went over my head.
Like a lot of other readers, I ...more
Loved how the author was able to manage so smoothly his frequent transi ...more
It's more of a 4 star book, but I'm still giving it three.
Helmet reading challenge 2017 42: A debut ...more