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". . Crossing arrives at a moment when many of us have grown suspicious of monolithic categories . . . and have begun to recognize how inadequate such labels are to encompass the reality of individual lives. The novel memorably portrays the pain those labels can cause.”

 
—Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker


Introducing: Aleksandar Hemon presents Pajtim Statovci

Thursday April 18, 2019
07:00 pm

Tags: Event

Aleksandar Hemon celebrated the work of up-and-coming novelist Pajtim Statovci at this free event.


From acclaimed author Pajtim Statovci, Crossing is a stunning, incandescent new novel that speaks to identity, war, exile, love, betrayal, and heartbreak.

The death of head of state Enver Hoxha and the loss of his father leave Bujar growing up in the ruins of Communist Albania and of his own family. Only his fearless best friend, Agim—who is facing his own realizations about his gender and sexuality—gives him hope for the future. Together the two decide to leave everything behind and try their luck in Italy. But the struggle to feel at home—in a foreign country and even in one's own body—will have corrosive effects, spurring a dangerous search  for new identities.

Steeped in a rich heritage of bewitching Albanian myth and legend, this is a deeply timely and deeply necessary novel about the broken reality for millions worldwide, about identity in all its complex permutations, and the human need to be seen.

 

Crossing was published in April 2019 and is available for purchase at our bookstore.


 

Pajtim Statovci was born in Kosovo in 1990 and moved with his family to Finland when he was two years old. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Helsinki.

His first book, My Cat Yugoslavia, won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for best debut novel and his second, Crossing, won the Toisinkoinen Literature Price. He received the 2018 Helsinki Writer of the Year Award.

 

 

 

 

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Making of Zombie Wars; The Book of My Lives, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award and a New York Times bestseller; and three books of short stories, including Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Genius Grant from the MacArthur Foundation.