Crossing

Pajtim Statovci

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Pushkin Press
5 March 2020
ISBN: 9781782275121
Paperback

From the publisher

Translated by David Hackston

‘Crossing will devour you; this is some fierce, dazzling, and heartbreaking shit’ NoViolet Bulawayo

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.