by Statovci, Pajtim | Of specific Gay interest
Published 07/04/2022 by Faber & Faber in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 240 pages
‘Devastating in the most beautiful ways . . .you are in the hands of an absolute artist.’ TORREY PETERS, author of DETRANSITION, BABY
It is April, 1995. Kosovo is a country on the cusp of a dreadful war. Arsim is twenty-two, newly married, cautious – an Albanian trying to keep his head down and finish his studies in an atmosphere of creeping threat.
Until he encounters Milos, a Serb, and begins a life in secret. Bolla is the story of what happens when passion and history collide – when a relationship, already forbidden and laced with danger, is ripped apart by war and migration, separated by nations and fate. What happens when you are forced to live a life that is not yours, so far from your desires? Can the human remain?