White Book Dark Winter
Nominated for the P2 Listeners’ Novel Prize
Isa is a 14 year old boy from the little town Gjakova in Kosovo. He is half Serb, the son of an unknown Serbian soldier. Isa has grown up with his mother Deborah and his stepfather Reza, a veteran from the Kosovo war, who has never accepted the idea of having a bastard son in his house. Isa sticks with his three years older brother Shkodran, who is the only one who can protect him against Reza.
The story of White Book Dark Winter is acted out within the space of one day, when Isa Shkodran and Reza are out in the forest with a workteam of war veterans to cut down trees for firewood. The extreme cold is a ever present in this concentrated, poetic story about the relationship between two brothers and about how hard physical labour can keep the memories of war at bay.