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Pajtim Statovci

Pajtim Statovci (b. 1990) moved from Kosovo to Finland with his family when he was two years old. His debut novel, My Cat Yugoslavia, relates in sensitive and finely tuned prose the inner conflict and questions about one’s identity that immigration, homosexuality, and the past might stir. The novel, published in 2014, received widespread acclaim among critics and readers alike, and Statovci won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in the category ‘Best Debut’. 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. At present, Pajtim Statovci studies comparative literature at the University of Helsinki, and screenwriting at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

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Pajtim Statovci winner of the Toisinkoinen Literature Prize

Pajtim Statovci’s Heartlines has won the Toisinkoinen Literature Prize 2016. Heartlines is Statovci’s second novel to date and tells the rich and beautiful story of a young man’s odyssey through the cities of the world. The panel deciding the winner of the Toisinkoinen Literature Prize motivated their choice of Heartlines thusly:

“The novel skillfully and grippingly carries the reader through its different settings, through the metropolises of the world as well as mythical landscapes, while also managing to truly move the reader. Carefully composed characters and the fantastic, highly expressive language create a harmonious and stirring ensemble that reminds us of the power inherent in stories.”

Pajtim Statovci shortlisted for the Toisinkoinen Literature Prize

Pajtim Statovci’s second novel Heartlines has been shortlisted for the Toisinkoinen Literature Prize 2016. The winner of the award will be chosen by a panel of Finnish literature students at the University of Helsinki. The award ceremony will take place on October 27th.

‘Heartlines’ published in Finland

In the devastation of post-Communist Albania, a place where first rulers, then beliefs have collapsed and died, the young Bujar and his friend Agim decide to seek out a new beginning. As they travel they carry with them the age-old stories of their ancestors, tales in which an Albanian’s honor can conquer the weaknesses of humankind.

Years later a young man’s odyssey through the cities of the world comes to an end in a cold country by the sea. Will the man’s fragmented story finally reach closure, and can a broken mind ever truly find peace?

Pajtim Statovci’s second novel Heartlines is a breath-taking story about the human condition and our desire to be seen.

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New Author - Pajtim Statovci

Pajtim Statovci (b. 1990) moved from Kosovo to Finland with his family when he was two years old. His debut novel, My Cat Yugoslavia, relates in sensitive and finely tuned prose the inner conflict and questions about one’s identity that immigration, homosexuality, and the past might stir. The novel, published in 2014, received widespread acclaim among critics and readers alike, and Statovci won the Helsingin Sanomat Literature Prize in the category ‘Best Debut’. 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. At present, Pajtim Statovci studies comparative literature at the University of Helsinki, and screenwriting at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.