door Lena van Tijen | Literature Department
I recently wrote a review for Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan. Just as in acts of Desperation, Asylum Road describes an unhappy relationship from within. Anya, a young woman with a refugee background, embarks upon a journey to her homeland to introduce her fiancé to the past she left behind, with all the consequences this entails. Sudjic is a writer unlike any I have encountered. She seamlessly weaves the depth of her knowledge (referring to non-fiction such as Venice by Jan Morris and Black Lamb and Grey Falcon by Rebecca West) into a plot that grips you tightly until well beyond the last page. I would recommend Asylum Road to admirers of The Tiger Wife by Téa Obreht (another must read!), the podcast-series My Favorite Murder, and people interested in the Balkan-diaspora.