My Cat Yugoslavia

My Cat Yugoslavia (Finnish: Kissani Jugoslavia) is the first novel by Pajtim Statovci. The novel explores the lives of a woman in Kosovo and of her son as a refugee in Finland.[1][2] The book was first published in Finnish in 2014[3] and in English in 2017.[1] It received the 2014 Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize.[4] It was made into a play and staged at the Finnish National Theater in Helsinki in 2018.[5]

My Cat Yugoslavia
First edition
AuthorPajtim Statovci
Original titleKissani Jugoslavia
TranslatorDavid Hackston
PublisherHelsinki: Otava (Finnish 1st ed.)
UK: Pushkin Press (UK English 1st ed.)
US: Pantheon Books (US English 1st ed.)
Publication date
Published in English


  1. ^ a b Obreht, Téa. "An Uncanny Cat, a Companionable Snake and Displaced Desire". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  2. ^ Hulbert, Ann. "The Disorienting Power of 'My Cat Yugoslavia'". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  3. ^ "'My Cat Yugoslavia' Needs A Good Brushing". Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  4. ^ "Pajtim Statovcin romaani voitti HS:n kirjallisuuspalkinnon". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  5. ^ "Teatteriarvostelu: Pajtim Statovcin palkittuun romaaniin pohjaava näytelmä Kissani Jugoslavia on luonteva ja pakoton kaikessa runsaudessaan". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 2018-11-17. Retrieved 2018-11-28.