Saturday, 13 June 2009

Immigrant Fiction

Finished June 12
Diary of Interrupted Days by Dragan Todorovic
This is a story of Boris, a young artist who grew up in Yugoslavia and emigrated to Toronto in 1993. In 1999, he is on his way back to Belgrade for his father's funeral, and intends to bring his mother to Canada. The book takes us back to Boris' life in Belgrade, and the lives of his best friend Johnny and Sara, who was Johnny's girlfriend, but ended up marrying Boris and emigrating to Canada with him.
The book gives a real sense of the situation in what is now Serbia during this time period and the issues of being an immigrant, especially one fleeing a homeland at war. Todorovic really gets inside his characters and you see how these young people struggle with the situations they find themselves in, trying to make sense of it all.
This is a great book and I highly recommend it.

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