From the acclaimed author of My Cat Yugoslavia: a powerful and darkly comedic new novel--part Hedwig and the Angry Inch, part The Talented Mr. Ripley--that speaks to identity, war, exile, love, betrayal, and heartbreak.In the devastation of post-Communist Albania, inseparable young friends Bujar and Agim feel trapped: Bujar struggling to come to terms with the loss of his father, Agim facing dangerous realizations about his sexuality and his feelings for Bujar. When shame, guilt, and the ruins of authoritarianism push Bujar and Agim to leave everything behind and flee to Italy, the unfamiliar life of an immigrant and asylum seeker sets Bujar on a path of reinvention. He follows an impulse to remake himself--as a man or woman of infinite nationalities and pasts--the burning desire to be seen and heard spurring a desperate search for a different existence to be seized at any cost. But Bujar's quest for identity and belonging is haunted by the mystery of what happened to Agim--his one, true beloved, who somehow got lost along the way. Like Statovci's acclaimed debut, My Cat Yugoslavia, Crossing is a powerful and symbolic novel of both unending war and unattainable love, but most of all, of the lies that give stories a singular power.
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|Grouped Work ID||49a85de9-9b38-cdfc-b574-ff43475eb634|
|Grouping Author||statovci pajtim|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-10-14 04:44:11AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-10-15 04:47:51AM|
|detailed_location_arlington||Central New Fiction|
|display_description||The death of Enver Hoxha and the loss of his father leave Bujar growing up in the ruins of Communist Albania and of his own family. Only his fearless best friend Agim--who is facing his own realizations about his gender and sexuality--gives him hope for the future. Together the two decide to leave everything behind and try their luck in Italy. But the struggle to feel at home--in a foreign country and even in one's own body--will have corrosive effects, spurring a dangerous search for new identities.|
|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library|
Connection Crystal City
|subject_facet||Identity (Philosophical concept) -- Fiction|
Immigrants -- Fiction
Refugees -- Fiction
World War, 1939-1945 -- Albania -- Fiction
|title_full||Crossing / Pajtim Statovci ; translated from the Finnish by David Hackston|