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FATHERLAND

Nina Bunjevac

  • Original Title: FATHERLAND
  • Publication date: August 2014
  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Country: CA
  • 160 print pages
  • Factual/Memoirs

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 20th century
  • Location setting: Canada, Serbia
  • Themes: FAMILY, Paternity, Filiation, PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Exile, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, Dysfunctional family, Intergenerational, Mourning, Life choice, Life change, Double identity, Facing failure, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Terrorism, Totalitarian regime, Fanaticism, Duality between North and South, Multiculturalism, CHARACTERS, Child

Pitch

A black-and-white artwork telling a family's story: Nina Bunjevac was born in Canada in 1973 to a family of Serbian immigrants. In 1975, her mother took two of her children back to Yugoslavia. She was escaping Bunjevac’s father, Peter, whose involvement with a radical nationalist group, made her fear for her children’s safety.

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Translation rights sold: France, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Spain and Sweden

Winner of the Doug Wright Award (Canada), Best Book category, 2015
shortlisted for the PACA region Literary Award in France.
A New York Times Best-Seller

"A masterpiece of non-fiction comics, worthy to stand beside Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS and Joe Sacco’s PALESTINE."

"Bunjevac handles time brilliantly and is marvelously succinct when it comes to historical facts, unpicking a complicated situation for the reader without ever bogging him down. At a time when European nationalism is again terrifyingly on the march, no wonder it makes for such engrossing and salutary reading." The Guardian

Nina Bunjevac is a comic book artist, illustrator, presently residing in Toronto. Her first book, HEARTLESS (2012), won the Doug Wright Award in the Nipper category for the best debut. FATHERLAND (2014) was her second book.

Summary

In 1975, fearing her husband’s growing fanaticism, Nina Bunjevac’s mother fled her marriage and her adopted country of Canada and took Nina back to Yugoslavia to live with her parents. Peter, her husband, was a Serbian nationalist who had been forced to leave his country at the end of World War II and migrate to Canada. But even there he continued his activities, joining a terrorist group that planned to set off bombs at the homes of Tito sympathizers and at Yugoslav missions in Canada and the USA. Then in 1977, while his family was still in Yugoslavia, Peter was killed in an accidental explosion while building a bomb.
Through exquisite and haunting black-and-white art, Nina Bunjevac documents the immediate circumstances surrounding her father's death and provides a sweeping account of the former Yugoslovia under Fascism and Communism, telling an unforgettable true story of how the scars of history are borne by family and nation alike.

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  • Author’s biography

    Nina Bunjevac is a comic book artist, illustrator, presently residing in Toronto. Nina Bunjevac was born in Canada in 1973. Having started her art training in Yugoslavia she moved to Toronto in 1990, where she continued her studies. Her first book, HEARTLESS (2012), won the Doug Wright Award in the Nipper category for the best debut. Her second book, FATHERLAND (2014) appeared on the New York Times best-seller list and received the Doug Wright Award in the Best Book category; it was also shortlisted for the PACA region Literary Award in France.