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Father of One (28 July 2023) 

A Novel 

"An affecting and timely novel of war...captures the horrors of the conflict with surreal precision"    Kirkus reviews

Maka, a young Bosnian soldier, has survived three years under siege. When the enemy forces launch their final attack on his hometown, he must escape to the hills. But traversing the vast woods is a task against all odds: to stay alive, and to find his infant son and his wife, he is soon forced to make a desperate move.


Set against the harrowing background of raging guerrilla warfare and the genocide in Srebrenica, Father of One is, at heart, a story of deep humanity, compassion and love. It is the account of one man’s desire to reunite his family, separated by war, and of bonds unbroken by trauma, sustained by loyalty and tenacity. Writing in a voice that rings with clarity and authenticity, the author lays open a dark moment in Europe’s recent history.

Father of One by Jani Anttola

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The Deserter (2019)

A Short Story 

"The last night of an extended leave, full of paradisiacal opportunities."

French cafe sketch

Ohikulkijat (2011)

A Novel

Co-written with Allan Seppänen, published by Tammi Inc. in Finland. A story of two friends who, displaying a remarkable lack of foresight, embark on a hazy road trip in post-war Abkhazia to find their missing university professor. Untranslated, nihilistic.

Ohikulkijat by Anttola & Seppanen

Mustat lesket (1998)

A Memoir 

An account of a Bosnian Army platoon during one summer of war, as seen through the eyes of a young volunteer fighter. Published by Tammi, Inc. in Finland. Untranslated.

Mustat lesket by Jani Anttola
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