Pajtim Statovci

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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,[1] and was published in 2017 as My Cat Yugoslavia in the UK and US.[2] It was made into a play and staged at the Finnish National Theater in Helsinki in 2018.[3] His second novel, Tiranan sydän, won the Toisinkoinen Literature Prize for 2016,[4] and was published as Crossing in the UK and the US in 2019.[5]

Early life[edit]

Statovci was born in Kosovo in 1990 to Albanian parents.[6] 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.[7] He studied comparative literature at the University of Helsinki and screenwriting at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.[4]

Awards [8][edit]

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.


  1. ^ "Pajtim Statovcin romaani voitti HS:n kirjallisuuspalkinnon". Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). 2014-11-13. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ a b "Pajtim Statovci - Salomonsson Agency". Salomonsson Agency. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  5. ^ Cummins, Anthony (7 May 2019). "Crossing by Pajtim Statovci review – duplicity, double identity and horror". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 May 2019. Pajtim Statovci
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Bellot, Gabrielle (2017-04-25). "A Life Altered by War and Transmuted Into Fiction". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  8. ^ "Pajtim Statovci". Pajtim Statovci. Retrieved 2019-06-17.