The novel Pjesme divljih ptica is set at the end of the 16th century in Sarajevo and Bosnia. At that time the Ottoman Empire experienced several defeats by the combined armies of European forces. This subsequently resulted in religious radicalism and social change, which has left its mark on the area of Bosnia and Herzegovina until this day. Through their relationships with one another and their own, intimate perception of time and space, the characters of the novel recreate a picture of a past, historic epoch, yet their symbolic significance also speaks loudly and clearly of today: intrigues, religious and ethnic conflicts and conspiracies form the life of the people and their connection with the region, in which they live.
The novel Pjesme divljih ptica [Wild Birds’ Songs] by Enes Karić has been translated to Slovenian (excerpt) by Andrej Jaklič and published under the title Pesmi divjih ptic by the publishing house Študentska založba in Ljubljana, and to Albanian (excerpt) by Ben Andoni and published under the title Këngët e zogjve të egër by Poeteka in Tirana.