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Published: 5/11/2021

ISBN: 9781939810526 eISBN: 9781939810533

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Book Description

Kin is a family epic from one of Croatia’s most prized writers. In this sprawling narrative which spans the entire twentieth century, Miljenko Jergović peers into the dusty corners of his family’s past, illuminating them with a tender, poetic precision. Ordinary, forgotten objects – a grandfather’s beekeeping journals, a rusty benzene lighter, an army issued raincoat – become the lenses through which Jergović investigates the joys and sorrows of a family living through a century of war. The work is ultimately an ode to Yugoslavia – Jergović sees his country through the devastation of the First World War, the Second, the Cold, then the Bosnian war of the 90s; through its changing street names and borders, shifting seasons, through its social rituals at graveyards, operas, weddings, markets – rendering it all in loving, vivid detail.

[Jergovic is] a poet, novelist, and journalist of the highest caliber . . . His concern is for the living and in this collection of stories about Sarajevo and its inhabitants he writes about them with the seriousness, sensitivity, quirky intelligence, and gentle humor of a master of the short story.
The New Republic

Kin, Miljenko Jergović’s time-travelling, place-hopping epic, is at once a history of family and an ode to Yugoslavia. Spanning the entire 20th century, Kin traces the palimpsestic layers of the region’s past from the two World Wars through to the turmoil of the 90s. Taking the dusty objects of his family’s past and his own pockmarked memories as the subjects of his enquiry, the book is as much a comment on memory’s elusive surface as it is a social history of the region.
Matt Janney, Calvert Journal

Jergovic has the mien of the rare author whose gift is so innate he need only conquer a few demons and steady his hands enough to write it all down.
San Diego Union


[A] multilayered and complex text, which demonstrates why Jergović is one of the most prominent Croatian authors and one of the most translated European writers.
World Literature Today

Visit the author’s website here.

Read Miljenko Jergović’s essay, “The Ideal Yugoslavian: Miljenko Jergović on Balkan identity, as told through the story of his family.”

The author’s interview “You cannot delete the past” is available through Hungarian Literature Online.

Miljenko Jergović’s story, “The Death of the President’s Dog”, was published by Archipelago in Mama Leone and was featured on Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading Tumblr.

Miljenko Jergović and Bosnian writer Semezdin Mehmedinović co-wrote a book of personal letters, Transatlantic Mail. Asymptote published an excerpt, in which the two authors discuss Susan Sontag’s visit to Sarajevo.

Archipelago Books has proudly published other works by Miljenko Jergović; to see a list and read what people have said, please click here.