One of our recommended books is Where You Come From by Sasa Stanisic


In August, 1992, a boy and his mother flee the war in Yugoslavia and arrive in Germany. Six months later, the boy’s father joins them, bringing a brown suitcase, insomnia, and a scar on his thigh. Sasa Stanisic’s Where You Come From is a novel about this family, whose world is uprooted and remade by war: their history, their life before the conflict, and the years that followed their escape as they created a new life in a new country.

Blending autofiction, fable, and choose-your-own-adventure, Where You Come From is set in a village where only thirteen people remain,

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  • Tin House
  • Paperback
  • December 2021
  • 364 Pages
  • 9781951142759

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About Saša Stanišić & Damion Searls

Sasa Stanisic is the author of Where We Come FromSaša Stanišić was born in Visegrad (Yugoslavia) in 1978 and has lived in Germany since 1992. His debut novel, How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, was translated into thirty-one languages; Before the Feast was a bestseller and won the renowned Leipzig Book Fair Prize.







Damion Searls is the translator of Where You Come FromDamion Searls is an award-winning translator from German, Norwegian, French, and Dutch, and the author of The Inkblots, a history of the Rorschach test and biography of its creator.


“… a wry, inventive and ultimately devastating attempt to recover a personal history that war has put forever out of reach.”The New York Times Book Review

“Stanisic’s fragmented style effectively mirrors the book’s subject matter. Knowledge is gained piecemeal, drip-fed through Stanisic’s kaleidoscopic prose. He recounts anecdotes, memories and biographical details in simple, matter-of-fact sentences. Sometimes he resorts to lists, WhatsApp conversations, passing observations in the way that memory, too, unfolds in disconnected images and incomplete narratives. Stanisic is a versatile writer and moments of acerbic wit—which recall the razor-sharp commentary of fellow Yugoslav-born author Dubravka Ugresic—are interspersed with poignant descriptions of unbelonging in Germany.”The Financial Times 

“… [an] often brilliant novel.”The Guardian

“… a playful, formally adventurous novel that freely blends truth and fiction in its meditation on homelands.”Shelf Awareness

“Stanišić has a deft hand at both the tragic and the comic.”Kirkus Reviews