“Statovci’s literary gifts are prodigious.”

The New York Times Book Review

Writer, Novelist

Pajtim Statovci


Pajtim Statovci (b. 1990) is a Finnish-Kosovan novelist. He moved from Kosovo to Finland with his family when he was two years old. He lives in Helsinki and holds an MA in comparative literature from the University of Helsinki. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Helsinki.

His first novel, My Cat Yugoslavia, originally published in 2014, received widespread acclaim among critics and readers alike, and won Statovci the prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize. The awarding jury praised the still only 24-year-old author’s ability to combine the dreamlike with the realistic, and give old symbols new meaning and power. My Cat Yugoslaviawas published in English in 2017 by Pantheon Books (US) and Pushkin Press (UK).

Statovci’s second novel, Crossing, published in 2016, likewise became an instant success, winning the critics’ hearts with its exquisitely crafted prose and original treatment of the motifs. Statovci received the Toisinkoinen Literature Prize in 2016. The novel translated by David Hackston, published in English in 2019 again from Pantheon Books (US) and Pushkin Press (UK).

Pajtim Statovci’s literary talents have earned him numerous accolades and prizes, including the recipient of the 2018 Helsinki Writer of the Year Award, Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award (2019), Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize (2014 Best Debut).

Pajtim Statovci. Photo by Pekka Holmström

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