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 a...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 ...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 ...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 ...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.
Loved how the author was able to manage so smoothly his frequent ...more
While I liked to learn about Bekim's problems assimilating in Finland and the culture, I preferred her mother's parts, at least those made sense.
Undoubtedly very skilled and impressive, just a little too weird for me. Can't give it a three so a 3.5 rounded up. Hopefully Tiranan sydän will be more coherent and ...more
It's more of a 4 star book, but I'm still giving it three.
Helmet reading challenge 2017 42: A debut
It took me a while to get into this, despite it jumping out at me from the indie bookstore "In Translation" shelf. While it tells the story of a mother and her son in parallel, the stories - their content and tone, and even the lyricism of the writing - are so drastically different from each other that it was jarring at the start, but as the book continues, the storylines seem to veer closer to each other, and you start to understand the layers that ...more
On a side note though, I can't help wondering has the author taken some inspiration from Sofi Oksanens writing. The structure and use of words ...more