Crossing Borders

Melinda Nadj Abonji:

Tauben fliegen auf (Falcons without Falconers)

A chocolate-brown Chevrolet with Swiss license plates brings the Kocsis family to a village in the Serbian province where the Hungarian minority, which this family is also a part of, lives. Marriages and deaths regularly call the father, mother, and their two daughters Nomi and Ildikó back to the place they lived before emigrating. They become firsthand witnesses of the war in Yugoslavia. The adolescent Ildikó tells of how it feels to be at home neither here nor there, and she wonders about a strange Europe that doesn’t want to accept itself as a unity. A lively and sharp-witted novel from the middle of Europe.

Tauben fliegen auf (Falcons without Falconers)
Jung und Jung
320 pages, hardback
ISBN: 978-3-902497-78-9
Release date: September 10, 2010

About the Author’s Research: The author traveled to the small town of Senta in the province of Vojvodina in Serbia between July and October of 2007, where she conducted numerous interviews, took notes, and “repeatedly experienced firsthand the shocking reality of a country which, until recently, had been engulfed by war”. Time and again, her research centered on the question of why “Yugoslavia is a heap of rubble consisting of supposedly independent countries where minorities live in fear of the majority”. Herself part of the Hungarian minority and not speaking Serbian, she herself was confronted every now and then with animosity and traces of the one-sided media coverage now anchored in the minds of the people.

About the Author: The author was born in Bečej in the Serbian province of Vojvodina, and is part of the Hungarian minority. She studied German literature and history. She currently lives in Zurich and works as an author and musician (violin and vocals). She has participated in numerous spoken-word performances, contributed articles to literature magazines, and has worked as a guest lecturer at the Zurich University of Teacher Education. In 2001 she received the Hermann Ganz Award, and has also been honored by the city of Zurich. In 2006 she received a border crossers stipend, in 2010 she was awarded with the German book prize and Swiss book prize.
German book prize 2010
Melinda Nadj Abonji was awarded with the German book prize for her novel Tauben fliegen auf (Falcons without Falconers).

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