A cynical local reporter must tackle his most important story: to find out the true identity of the grandmother who brought him up and the mother who supposedly died giving birth to him. Suddenly, the past he has called his own turns out to be a complete fabrication: from the stories of his parents to the photos in the family albums. So starts the most important investigation the reporter has ever undertaken, one in which the main suspect is the mother he never knew. Crazy though it may seem, it appears that the woman who gave birth to him was actually one of an elite band of trained killers employed by the Yugoslav Secret Services to liquidate political opponents abroad, and his entire childhood the carefully orchestrated plan of this same organisation. Our hero’s journey will take him to the site of wartime atrocities and on the trail of fake suicides across Europe. Through his own unique and now recognizable style mixing humor, a detective plot, apocalyptic weather, Christian mystics, family abandonments and mittel-european references, Nikolaidis takes us into a world of criminal intrigue and existential dilemmas.
“Till Kingdom Come is a compulsively readable mixture of humour and dark fate, Nikolaidis bitterly explodes all Balkan post-Communist myths. After reading it, you will hate life, but in an immensely happy way!” – Slavoj Žižek
160 pages – Original language: Bosnian (OKF) – Rights Sold: Turkish (Zenon, 2022); Italian (Besa ,2019); English (Istros Books), German (Voland & Quist), Hungarian (Gondolat), Albanian (OM Publishing)
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