Pajtim Statovci

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Pajtim Statovci (1990) is one of the most important Finnish writers of the younger generation. Statovci is of Kosovar origin. He studied Comparative Literature at the University of Helsinki, and later pursued Dramaturgy (Screenwriting) at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at Aalto University. He published his first novel, My Cat Yugoslavia (Kissani Jugoslavia), in 2014, and received the Helsingin Sanomat Prize, the most prestigious Finnish literary award for the best debut novel. His second novel, Heart of Tirana (Tiranan sydän, 2016), was awarded the Toisinkoinen Literary Prize. For his latest novel, Bolla (2019), he received the Finlandia Prize, the most prestigious Finnish literary award, becoming its youngest recipient.