When Vladan Borojević googles the name of his father Nedelko, a former officer in the Yugoslav People’s Army who was supposedly killed in the civil war, he unexpectedly discovers a dark family secret.
The story which then unfolds takes him back to the catastrophic events of 1991, when he first heard the military term 'deployment', and his idyllic childhood came to a sudden end. Seventeen years later, the discovery that Vladan is the son of a fugitive war criminal sends him off on a journey through the Balkans to find his elusive father. On the way, he begins to understand how the disintegration of his family is closely linked to the collapse of the world they once belonged to. The story of the Borojević family deals intimately with the tragic fate of those who avoided the bombs, but could not escape the war.
Translated by Noah Charney
A gripping narrative that requires no allegorical decipherment, its author employs a noir style to capture the seaminess and stupor of Yugoslavia and traces these early symptoms to the country’s disintegration. In this milieu, national or ethnic identity is a giant Rubik’s cube made of razors.’ — Mark Thompson, Times Literary Supplement
|Date Published||6th October 2015|
Yugoslavia, My Fatherland
- Product Code: Paperback