The Fig Tree

The Fig Tree
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By Goran Vojnović

Translated by Olivia Hellewell

The Fig Tree is a novel composed of the intertwining stories of the family of Jadran, a 30-something who tries to piece together the story of his relatives to better understand himself. Because he cannot understand why Anja walked out of their shared life, he tries to understand the suspicious death of his grandfather and the withdrawal of his grandmother into oblivion and dementia. With all his might, Jadran tries to understand the departure of his father in the first year of the war in the Balkans as he also tries to understand his mother, with her bewildering resentment of his grandfather, and her silent disappointment with his father.

The Fig Tree is a multigenerational family saga, a tour de force spanning three generations from the mid-20th century through the Balkans wars of the 90s until present day. Vojnović is a master storyteller, and while fateful choices made by his characters are often dictated by the historical realities of the times they live in, at its heart this is an intimate story of family, of relationships, of love and freedom and the choices we make.

Winner of the Kresnik Award for best novel of the year 2017

Winner of the Župančič Award, the highest recognition of the City of Ljubljana for outstanding creation in the field of art and culture, 2017

Shortlisted for the Njegoš Award 2017


"This is a remarkable portrait of a country’s fragmentation and a family’s fracture."

Lucy Popescu, Bookblast