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My Cat Yugoslavia

My Cat Yugoslavia

作者 : Pajtim Statovci

出版社 : ALFRED A. KNOPF

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定價 : NT 499

售價 : NT499

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2014年芬蘭最佳首部小說獎(Helsingin Sanomat Prize),社會邊緣人在新國度裡的寓言式畫像。一個穆斯林母親、一個同性戀兒子、一條南美巨蚺,加上一隻反覆無常的貓,交織成一部愛的故事。

「強而有力…Statovci是一個了不起的天才。My Cat Yugoslavia是一本張力十足,需要讀第二次的小說。」-《圖書館期刊》(Library Journal)星級推薦

1980年代即將解體的南斯拉夫,穆斯林Emine還是個青春少女,就許配給她幾乎陌生的男孩,即便努力當個好妻子,生活帶給她的還是一連串的失望。科索沃戰爭爆發後,Emine與丈夫帶著孩子們逃到了遙遠的北方國度 – 芬蘭。在這個寒冷的國家,被安置在社會邊緣的難民們應該要好好地感謝這片土地,然而Emine感到難以融入這個社會,她的日常生活變得越來越空洞。

Emine的兒子Bekim,活在當今的赫爾辛基,努力地要在芬蘭社會裡找到一個安頓之所,他既是移民又是個同性戀,感覺自己是個局外人。為了有伴相陪,他買了一條南美巨蚺。在泡同性戀酒吧的同時,遇上了改變他一生的貓,促使他回到科索沃,理解了魔幻、殘酷且不可思議的家族史,並且讓他在最不可能的地方面對真愛。

A love story set in two countries in two radically different moments in time, bringing together a young man, his mother, a boa constrictor, and one capricious cat.

In 1980s Yugoslavia, a young Muslim girl is married off to a man she hardly knows, but what was meant to be a happy match goes quickly wrong. Soon thereafter her country is torn apart by war and she and her family flee. Years later, her son, Bekim, grows up a social outcast in present-day Finland, not just an immigrant in a country suspicious of foreigners, but a gay man in an unaccepting society. Aside from casual hookups, his only friend is a boa constrictor whom, improbably he is terrified of snakes he lets roam his apartment. Then, during a visit to a gay bar, Bekim meets a talking cat who moves in with him and his snake. It is this witty, charming, manipulative creature who starts Bekim on a journey back to Kosovo to confront his demons and make sense of the magical, cruel, incredible history of his family. And it is this that, in turn, enables him finally, to open himself to true love which he will find in the most unexpected place.
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Pajtim Statovci

出生於1990年,2歲時隨家人從科索沃搬到芬蘭,My Cat Yugoslavia是他的第一部小說,2013年出版後即獲得廣大的讚譽,並獲得Helsingin Sanomat首部小說獎,他的第二本小說Heart of Tirana在2016年獲得Toisinkoinen 獎。他在赫爾辛基大學研習比較文學,並且在Aalto大學的藝術、設計與建築學院研習電影劇本創作。
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