“Statovci’s literary gifts are prodigious.”
The New York Times Book Review
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.
Statovci’s works relate in sensitive and finely tuned prose the inner conflicts and questions about one’s identity that immigration, sexuality, and the past might stir. 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 Yugoslavia was 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 is forthcoming in English in 2019, again from Pantheon Books (US) and Pushkin Press (UK).
Awards & Nominations
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)