Pajtim Statovci (born 1990) is a Finnish novelist. His debut novel, Kissani Jugoslavia, was published in 2014, winning the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize for best debut novel in Finnish for that year, and was published in 2017 as My Cat Yugoslavia in the UK and US. It was made into a play and staged at the Finnish National Theater in Helsinki in 2018. His second novel, Tiranan sydän, won the Toisinkoinen Literature Prize for 2016, and was published as Crossing in the UK and the US in 2019.
Statovci was born in Kosovo in 1990 to Albanian parents. In 1992, after the outbreak of war in Yugoslavia, of which Kosovo was a part and where Albanians were persecuted, his family fled to Finland. He studied comparative literature at the University of Helsinki and screenwriting at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
2019: Longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award
2018: Helsinki Writer of the Year Award
2017: Shortlisted for the Future of Finnish Culture Award
2016: Toisinkoinen Literature Prize
2015: Shortlisted for the Flame Bearer Prize
2014: Shortlisted for the Young Aleksis Literature Prize
2014: Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize (Best Debut)
- Kissani Jugoslavia (My Cat Yugoslavia), 2014, (Pantheon Books). ISBN 9789511269786 (Finnish); ISBN 9781782273608 (English).
- Tiranan Sydän (Crossing), 2016, (Pantheon Books). ISBN 9789511305781 (Finnish); ISBN 9781524747497 (English).
- Bolla, 2019, (Otava), ISBN 9789511316824.
- "Pajtim Statovcin romaani voitti HS:n kirjallisuuspalkinnon". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- Obreht, Téa (2017-04-21). "An Uncanny Cat, a Companionable Snake and Displaced Desire". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- "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.
- "Pajtim Statovci - Salomonsson Agency". Salomonsson Agency. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- Cummins, Anthony (7 May 2019). "Crossing by Pajtim Statovci review – duplicity, double identity and horror". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
- Reith, James (2017-09-07). "Pajtim Statovci: 'I'm drawn to fiction that makes the unimaginable possible'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- Bellot, Gabrielle (2017-04-25). "A Life Altered by War and Transmuted Into Fiction". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
- "Pajtim Statovci". Pajtim Statovci. Retrieved 2019-06-17.
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