Author(s): Statovci, Pajtim, Hackston, David,
Date of Publication: 05/03/2020,
Pagination: 272 pages,
Imprint: Pushkin Press
Published By: Pushkin Press
Book Classification: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation
Bujar's world is collapsing. His father is dying and his homeland, Albania, bristles with hunger and unrest. When his fearless friend Agim is discovered wearing his mother's red dress and beaten with his father's belt, he persuades Bujar that there is no place for them in their country.
Desperate for a chance to shape their own lives, they flee. This is the beginning of a journey across cities, borders and identities, from the bazaars of Tirana to the monuments of Rome and the drag bars of New York. It is also a search through shifting gender and social personae, for permission to leave their pasts behind, for acceptance and love.