He has written an acclaimed novel in German which was published in English under the title How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone. The book won a host of prizes in Germany and abroad, and has been translated into several European languages. The English translation was done by Anthea Bell and won the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize. It was also adapted for the stage by the Stadtschauspielhaus Graz, where Stanišić was the city’s writer-in-residence.
He has also written the novel Before the Feast (2016), published in English translation by Anthea Bell (Tin House Books).