London for Immigrant Suckers

So Long Yugoslavia

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
363 Pages
Reviewed on 06/01/2017
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Author Biography

Kolya S. holds a Bachelor's degree in History and a Master's degree in International Relations. His research interests revolve around global governance, international affairs, and the role of ordinary people in international politics.

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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

London for Immigrant Suckers: So Long Yugoslavia by Kolya S is Peter Kovach’s exceptional odyssey as an immigrant in the UK, a story that features powerful historical experiences and references. While sharing the story of Peter, his hardships and the many challenges he has to face as an immigrant while struggling to come to terms with the social and political reality back home, this story explores the last stages and the disintegration of Yugoslavia and looks at that piece of history through the eyes of a humorous character. There is no way readers won’t feel connected with the protagonist as they follow him in his efforts to find a job, in his multiple relationships over the years, and his immigration issues.

The narrative voice is something like I have never heard before — jovial and humorous — and the entire story is written in a style that breaks the rules of English grammar in many ways. But it is fun. It is something that doesn’t feel like the author’s fault, but a reflection of the narrator’s unique way of saying things — even when the voice addresses readers directly. I knew I’d love this story when I read the first line: “Until a few years ago, Peter Kovach thought that he was among the coolest male specimens available on the market.” It was intriguing and begged me to find out why this man thought so highly of himself and what happened so that he dropped that thinking a few years ago. Kolya S has created a beautiful story and a great character, and I enjoyed the way immigrant issues are handled in the story. London for Immigrant Suckers: So Long Yugoslavia combines humor with originality to give one of the best entertainments readers could have.

Sefina Hawke

London for Immigrant Suckers: So long, Yugoslavia by Kolya S is a historically based fiction novel that would appeal most to a diversified audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy historical fiction about Yugoslavia. Peter Kovach is a Bosnian who arrived in the United Kingdom before the breakup of Yugoslavia. Peter Kovach shares his experiences as an immigrant in London, as well as what life was like for him living in Bosnia. Peter’s experiences range from having to work within the British system to find schooling, housing, and employment. Along the way, Peter picks up two marriages and two children, with whom he is unsure if he shares any biological relationship. Will Peter make a new life for himself in the UK or will depression take hold of him and ruin his life?

London for Immigrant Suckers: So long, Yugoslavia by Kolya S was a book that I found a little confusing at first because, while the book is written in English, there were some phrases that I did not fully understand. However, as I continued to read, I got the feeling that the author did this deliberately in order to help me to better understand Peter Kovach as an immigrant. Once I got used to the writing style and realized it was deliberate, I found the book very interesting as it provided a realistic feel of what an immigrant who left their home country would have to deal with and experience. Prior to reading this book, I never really thought about the hardships that immigrants face when leaving their home country and all that is familiar to them. Overall, I found this book enjoyable from a cultural perspective and I would be interested in future books written by this author.


excellent book