Saša Stanišić

Saša Stanišić was born in Višegrad (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.

Author Events

1:00 pm PST
In conversation with translator Damion Searls & Jennifer Croft, author of Homesick

co-hosted by
Third Place Books, Seattle WA, and
Community Bookstore, Brooklyn NY


  • “[Saša Stanišić is] a Bosnian-German wunderkind whose gripping tale about a refugee family marries formal experimentation and deadpan humor amid the suffocating smoke of survivors’ guilt.”

    —Oprah Daily

  • “Saša Stanišic is a revolutionary who has found his true home in language.”

    The Rolling Stone

  • “Tender, intelligent, and brilliant. . . . a stunning novel that asks what it really means to be from somewhere, anywhere.”

    Kirkus, Starred Review

  • “A shape-shifting self-portrait with some mesmerizing elements.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Vast and multifaceted. . . . a timely antidote to poisonous political blame-games and sneering statements about the plight of refugees.”

    —Necessary Fiction

  • “Where You Come From is a triumph, funny and touching and subtly profound. As it ranges from chronicle to prose poem to folk tale, it builds a momentum that dazzles throughout. An exhilarating and powerful read.”

    —Jennifer Croft, author of Homesick

  • “A Speak, Memory for ‘The Garden of Forking Paths,’ Stanišić’s tour of his lost homeland is imbued with wit and affection. He knows stories are all we have, and that some stories can’t be bound by a single ending. A marvel and a delight.”

    —Ryan Chapman, author of Riots I Have Known