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Jul 06, 2021 | ISBN 9780593413883 | 360 Minutes

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*Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize*
A Finalist for the Kirkus Prize in Fiction
Longlisted for the Dublin Literary Award
One of Kirkus‘s Best Fiction Books of the Year
A Library Journal Best Book of the Year
One of Los Angeles Times‘ Critic Bethanne Patrick’s Best Books of the Year

“Superb . . . Bolla is a splendid achievement and Statovci a major talent.”
—Steve Heighton, The New York Times Book Review

“Devastating . . . Statovci considers the horrors of the Balkan conflicts as he recounts the lovers’ diverging paths in a story of loss and thwarted opportunities.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Devastating in the most beautiful ways. From the first pages you realize that you are in the hands of an absolute artist.”
—Torrey Peters, author of Detransition, Baby

“Pajtim Statovci’s Bolla abounds with harrowing situations, from its narrator’s struggles with a homophobic and repressive society to the longstanding effects of conflict in the Balkans at the end of the twentieth century. The incorporation of mythic elements contrasts with the specificity of the main plotline, but neither aspect of this novel winds up where you expect it to.”
—Tobias Carroll, Words Without Borders

“The only thing more impressive than the historical and emotional range of these works is the way they center their storytelling in elegantly and movingly rendered characters.”
Benjamin Bateman, Fiction Judge

Bolla is a haunting, lyrical meditation on loss that manages, through the alchemy of Statovci’s impeccable writing, to be a surprisingly hopeful book. There is also in these pages a deeply humane lens which asks the reader to understand and identify with the mistakes we often make as flawed humans. I loved this book for its deep, burning wisdom, and will return to it again and again.”
—Garrard Conley, author of Boy Erased

“Astounding writing distinguishes this portrait of love, loss, and war . . . [Bolla is] an eloquent story of desire and displacement, a melancholy symphony in a heartbreaking minor key. Statovci is a master.”
Publishers Weekly, starred

“Engrossing . . . Statovci lets little sunlight into the narrative, the better to emphasize just how powerful homophobia and self-loathing can be . . . An unflinching consideration of the long aftereffects of an affair cut short.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred


Kirkus Prize for Fiction FINALIST 2021

James Tait Black Memorial Prize SHORTLIST 2023

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