In 1980s Yugoslavia, a young Muslim girl is married off to a near stranger, and the match quickly turns sour.
Shortly thereafter, the country is torn apart by war and they flee to Finland, where her son Bekim grows up to become a social outcast, a foreigner, and a gay man in an unaccepting society. His only true companion is a boa constrictor that he lets roam around his apartment.
"A gripping and ambitious novel...Pajtim Statovci is a voice to remember." (
"A marvel, a remarkable achievement, and a world apart from anything you are likely to read this year." ( The New York Times Book Review)
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