ABOUT THE AUTHOR. 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, holds an MA in comparative literature, and currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Helsinki.
His first novel, My Cat Yugoslavia (2014), received widespread acclaim among critics and readers alike, and won Statovci the prestigious Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for best debut novel. The awarding jury praised the then 24-year-old author’s ability to “combine the dreamlike with the realistic, and give old symbols new meaning and power.”
Statovci’s second novel, Crossing (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.
Pajtim Statovci’s literary gifts have earned him numerous accolades and prizes, including the recipient of the 2018 Helsinki Writer of the Year Award.