The Tribe
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The Tribe

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The protagonists of the novel, the hoodie girl and the graffiti artist, first run into each other in unusual circumstances – at night, on the roof of a skyscraper, where they had each climbed with their own fears, troubles and plans. And they soon meet again – in a community for youth from the social border, youth whose parents had failed at their mission. The hoodie girl’s mother is dead, her father a brute. The graffiti artist’s mother is a deleted* Bosnian, his father an alcoholic. Luckily, there is also his little brother Reni who believes in angels with a childish stubbornness. Under the leadership of wacky Kafka, the head of the community, which also houses the unadjusted Tarik, all four of them become members of The Tribe. The hoodie girl and the graffiti artist finally begin to open themselves up and adapt to the fact that life can also be kind and friendly; not just black-and-white but also colourful. A gentle hint of love starts to form between them, which brings the world into a new perspective. Thus, The Tribe is not only a problem-oriented novel, but also a touching love story, written in a distinguished style.


  1. A strong message of finding your own path and making your own judgements.
  2. Multiculturalism – a currently popular theme of Bosnian immigrants, the so called ‘deleted’.
  3. A complex characterization and psychological visualization of the main characters with an emphasis on complex personal relationships in a world of unadjusted, atypical youth.
  4. Experimental, playful syntax, some features of the modern novel.
* The deleted is the name of a group of people that the Slovene Ministry of the Interior deleted from the civil register in 1992, after Slovenia gained its independence from Yougoslavia. These citizens of other republics of the former Yugoslavia missed their chance to obtain Slovene citizenship in 1991. Most of them did not obtain one because they had not asked for it. When the time for obtaining citizenship was over, they became foreigners. Public authorities deleted them from the civil register. This is how many of these people officially became foreigners and had to leave Slovenia.



Categories: Young Adult
Country: Slovenija
Recommended age: 14+
Covers: hard cover
Number of pages: 224
Format: 150 mm x 230 mm x 25 mm
Publishing date: March 2009