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An autobiographical graphic novel about terrorism, family and Serbia’s dark history

In 1975 Nina Bunjevac’s mother fled her marriage and her adopted country of Canada and took Nina back to Yugoslavia to live with her parents. Peter, her husband, was a fanatical Serbian nationalist who had been forced to leave his country at the end of World War II and migrate to Canada. But even there he continued his activities, joining a terrorist group that planned to set off bombs at the homes of Tito sympathisers and at Yugoslav missions in Canada and the USA. Then in 1977, while his family were still in Yugoslavia, a telegram arrived to say that a bomb had gone off prematurely and Peter and two of his comrades had been killed.

Nina Bunjevac tells her family’s story in superb black-and-white artwork. Fatherland will be recognised as a masterpiece of non-fiction comics, worthy to stand beside Persepolis and Palestine.

Reviews

Heartfelt and extremely… It’s [Bunjevac’s] drawings that really lift Fatherland up… This is history, but it’s also as vividly immediate as any headline.

Rachel Cooke, Observer

A terrific piece of work.

Bookmunch

A poignant memoir and a fine introduction to the Balkan’s troubled 20th century.

James Smart, Guardian

A powerful piece of both biography and history as it traces the darkest shadows of Yugoslavian nationalism as played out in her own family story.

Teddy Jamieson, Glasgow Sunday Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9780224098342

    September 1, 2014

    Jonathan Cape

    156 pages

    RRP $42.99

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