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  • Published: 2 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787333857
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $29.99

Where You Come From




A powerful exploration of identity and belonging, Where You Come From is the major new novel from internationally acclaimed and bestselling author Sasa Stanisic, published for the first time by Jonathan Cape

A story of family, immigration and belonging from the international bestseller and German Book Prize winner.

You find yourself in the strange, dimly lit cave of time. One passageway curves downward, the other leads upward. It occurs to you that the one leading down may go to the past and the one leading up may go to the future. Which one do you decide to take?

Sasa Stanisic's Where You Come From is a novel about a village where only thirteen people remain, a country that no longer exists, a shattered family that is his own. Blending autofiction, fable, and choose-your-own-adventure, Stanisic explores a family's escape during the conflict in Yugoslavia, and the years that followed as they built a life in Germany. He examines what it means to learn a new language, to find new friends and new jobs, to build an identity between countries and cultures.

Translated by Damion Searls, Where You Come From is about homelands, both remembered and imagined. A book that bends form and genre with wit, heart, and exceptional craftsmanship to explore questions that lie inside all of us: about language and shame, about arrival and making it just in time, about luck and death, about what role our origins and memories play in our lives.

  • Published: 2 November 2021
  • ISBN: 9781787333857
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $29.99

Praise for Where You Come From

Where You Come From is a triumph, funny and touching and subtly profound. As it ranges from chronicle to prose poem to folk tale, it builds a momentum that dazzles throughout. An exhilarating and powerful read.

Jennifer Croft

Where You Come From is a triumph, funny and touching and subtly profound. As it ranges from chronicle to prose poem to folk tale, it builds a momentum that dazzles throughout. An exhilarating and powerful read.

Jennifer Croft

Stanisic is a poet and revolutionary who has found his true home in language.

Rolling Stone

Stanisic is a poet and revolutionary who has found his true home in language.

Rolling Stone

Wonderfully inventive and impressive.

Guardian

Wonderfully inventive and impressive.

Guardian

Offensively gifted... Some kind of freak genius.

Irish Examiner

Offensively gifted... Some kind of freak genius.

Irish Examiner

Stanisic is an exceptionally talented, impish and caring writer who has walked the edge of the abyss.

LA Times

Stanisic is an exceptionally talented, impish and caring writer who has walked the edge of the abyss.

LA Times

It is easy to say that a book is important; this one - especially now, especially here - is of great importance.

Die Welt

It is easy to say that a book is important; this one - especially now, especially here - is of great importance.

Die Welt

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