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About the Author

Born in Mostar (formerly Yugoslavia) in 1979, Maya Ombasic immigrated to Switzerland during the Balkan War and later settled in Quebec. She is currently a literary columnist for Le Devoir and teaches philosophy at Cégep de Saint-Laurent in Montréal.


Praise for Mostarghia "

Fascinating and timely...anybody who wants to think deeply about what happens when people are forced to leave their homelands will want to pick this book up." --Book Riot

"Intimate, a filial cri de coeur...The book is run through with dark humour, and some of the most fatalistic scenes are also wryly funny...The condition of nostalgia is both dissociative and cleaving, and it is this tension that Ombasic most adeptly conveys." --Montreal Review of Books

"Strikes a great balance between the ebb and flow between unemotional observations that provide context for the lasting divides in the Balkans, and a humanization of the victims of conflict....[Ombasic writes] with a tender care that evokes a sadness mixed with levity, anger mixed with love." --The Walleye

"After her father dies, Ombasic seeks to resolve all that was unresolved between them in life. Her memoir ripples with the tension of these two great hearts each trying to shoulder an outsized burden... Subtly and with lyricism, Ombasic unpacks her father's role in her history alongside the role of their hometown, Mostar, not to mention the Balkans, religion, communism, war, displacement, and nostalgia." --Foreword Reviews (starred review)

"Tender and unsparing...this fragmentary remembrance in the second person effectively creates an intimate universe of two..." --Toronto Star

"With great candor, Ombasic shares how her experience as a refugee differed from her father's...Through beautiful prose and impressive attention to detail, Ombasic paints a loving yet honest portrait of her father in all his complexity." --OpenCanada

"An overwhelming homage, clear-eyed and drenched in tenderness, Mostarghia is driven by Maya Ombasic's strong, sensitive voice, which allows us to glimpse the reverse side of the shadow of exile. Magnificent." -Le Devoir (Montreal)

"In an unadorned style, which contains emotion by restricting itself to facts, the author recounts her years during the war, then her exile in Switzerland, then Canada. The book's strength stems in large part from its ability to show the concrete daily consequences of a war from which the family suffers without participating in it directly, to showcase the absurdity of the issues--ethnic, religious, territorial--from which children and parents feel themselves estranged." -Le Monde (Paris)

"The book, its title inspired by Andrei Tarkovsky's film Nostalghia, is a daughter's love song to her father and the tale of her salvation, her refusal to be defeated by depression in order to move on." -l'Humanité (Paris)