Where You Come From


Original Title: HERKUNFT

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 368 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-630-87473-9
€ 22.00 [D] | € 22.70 [A] | CHF 30.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Luchterhand Literaturverlag

Date of publication: March 18, 2019
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Winner of the German Book Prize 2019

English sample translation available

Saša  Stanišić - Where You Come From


"Saša Stanišić is a poet and revolutionary who has found his true home in language." Rolling Stone

"Where You Come From is a book about the first coincidence in our biography: being born somewhere. And about what happens afterwards.

Where You Come From is a book about the places that are my home, the ones in my memory and the ones I have invented. It is a book about language, moonlighting, youth and many summers. The summer when my grandfather trod on my grandmother's foot while dancing in such a way that I was almost never born. The summer when I nearly drowned. The summer when Angela Merkel opened the borders and which was very like the summer when I fled across many borders to Germany.

Where You Come From is a farewell to my grandmother with her dementia. While I am collecting my memories she is losing hers.

Where You Come From is sad because for me origin has got something to do with what I can no longer have.

My biographic writings, also this text, are like the name on the doorbell of a man long since dead that I can no longer remember – an attempt to preserve something that used to be important. To preserve it, but also to develop it further in one's mind, to get to the bottom of it."

"Saša Stanišić possesses a rare linguistic virtuosity and impressive wealth of poetic variations. His novel Where You Come From focuses on recollection and the significance of one's roots and one's identity. He strings together short stories, fragments, anecdotes of various places and times as one association leads to the next and passionately spins them into yarns.

Saša Stanišić plays a game with the reader: one surprising, often amusing or perhaps melancholy turn follows the previous one. The reader sympathises, joins in the fantasising, gets lost and yet is never without orientation. And yet the apparently easy reading flow does not shroud the view of the sometimes tragic and humiliating way characters are shoved aside. It is a narrative that should never really come to an end; that aims to store things past and enrich them with new ideas in order that in the final analysis life can carry on." Statement of the Jury of the Eichendorff Prize

"Saša Stanišić is a poet and revolutionary who has found his true home in language."

Rolling Stone




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