Goran Vojnović (b. 1980) graduated from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. His film “Good Luck Nedim” (co-written
with Marko Šantić) was nominated for the European Film Academy’s Best Short Film Award in 2006. Vojnović’s controversial, confrontational debut bestseller, Southern Scum go home! (2008) garnered major literary awards in Slovenia, has been reprinted five times and translated widely. Yugoslavia, My Fatherland is just out in English language from Istros Books. Vojnović describes it, in comments published in Literary Review , as “a child’s-eye view of the collapse of Yugoslavia” from a generation still “living the consequences, trying to challenge our roles and that of our parents.” This novel has also been turned into a successful play by the National Drama Theatre in Ljubljana.
Here we present three sections from this work, translated from Slovenian by Noah Charney.