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My Cat Yugoslavia

Narrated by: Ben Allen
Length: 9 hrs
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Summary

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.

©2014 Pajtim Statovci (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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"A gripping and ambitious novel...Pajtim Statovci is a voice to remember." ( Elle)
"A marvel, a remarkable achievement, and a world apart from anything you are likely to read this year." ( The New York Times Book Review)
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Smart, gripping and sad

I thought this was a very good novel, with a lot of great narrative flourishes. it evokes a lot from the Kosovan and Finnish settings and gives a very powerful sense of the refugee experience through generations.

Ben Allen has a great whack at the dual narrator structure, a really good listen.