Notable Bosnian poet Mehmedinović writes in first person in this autobiographical novel that explores themes of survival, perseverance, and love, ultimately conveying an intimate, yet profound and lyrical portrait of a man and his family. Each of the novel’s three parts is a soulful reverie that opens with the narrator, nicknamed Me’med, describing an unforgettable physical experience that then serves as a catalyst for deep, internal reflection ... an introspective, literary journey worth taking.
The struggle of memory against forgetting tracked through three intimate journeys ... Entering the increasingly crowded autofiction field, Mehmedinović examines the effort to remember—or more precisely, to not forget—our 'brief and unrepeatable time in this indescribably beautiful world.' ... Friends, often other writers, appear, but the focus here is family. Mehmedinović’s poetic side reveals itself via achingly beautiful imagery and recurring motifs. And he is a remarkably prescient observer of America ... A deeply personal and incisive look at memory, anchored by astute observations.
Bosnian writer Mehmedinović returns with a powerful autofictional gut punch of a novel ... In an introduction, Aleksandar Hemon calls Mehmedinović his favorite living Bosnian writer, and Mehmedinović echoes Hemon’s work in its moments of playfulness, grace, and wonder as well as its blunt observations about the trauma of war and leaving one’s homeland. Few books are this good at capturing an immigrant’s sense of loss.