Fatherland | Penguin Random House Canada


Publisher: Jonathan Cape
A remarkable autobiographical graphic novel by a Serbian living in Canada, Fatherland is the story of her family -- especially her father, a Serbian nationalist who died in mysterious circumstances -- and through them of the whole Balkan conflict.
     In 1975 Nina Bunjevac's mother fled her marriage and her adopted country of Canada and took Nina back to Yugoslavia to live with their grandparents. Peter, her husband, was a fanatical 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 sympathisers and at Yugoslav missions in Canada and the USA. Then in 1977, while his family were still in Yugoslavia, a telegram arrives to say that a bomb has gone off prematurely and Peter and two of his comrades have been killed.
     Nina Bunjevac tells her family's story in superb black-and-white artwork. Fatherland will be recognized as a masterpiece of non-fiction comics, worthy to stand beside Persepolis and Palestine.