A spellbinding journey through the troubled history and colourful folklore of the Balkans, from the youngest ever winner of the Orange Prize.
‘Beautifully executed, haunting and lyrical’ Independent
‘A delightful work, as enchanting as it is surprising’ Sunday Times
‘Assured, eloquent and not easily forgotten’ Independenton Sunday
Natalia is on a quest: to discover the truth about her beloved grandfather. He has died far from home, in circumstances shrouded in mystery.
Recalling stories her grandfather told her as a child, Natalia suspects he may have died trying to unravel two mysteries. One was the fate of a tiger which escaped during German bombing raids in 1941; the other a man who claimed to be immortal. But, as Natalia learns, there are no simple truths or easy answers in this landscape echoing with myths but still scarred by war.
‘Spellbinding’ Marie Claire
‘Striking, affecting and ingenious’ Scotsman
‘A poignant, seductive novel’ Observer
‘The most thrilling discovery in years’ Colum McCann
‘A book you will want to read again and again’ Independent
‘Varied, poignant and beguilingly fantastical’ Time Out
‘Obeht has a vibrant, rangy, full-bodied prose style, which moved expertly between realistic and mythic modes of storytelling, conjuring brilliant images on every page’ Sunday Times
‘One of the most extraordianry debuts of recent memory . . . gorgeous’ Vogue