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Posted February 14, 2015
One of the finest writers in our country today, Aleksandar Hemon
One of the finest writers in our country today, Aleksandar Hemon gives voice to the many, many immigrants who have put down roots here because war has destroyed their familiar and cherished homelands. Intellectually curious, a passionate observer, Hemon writes sentences that would make any poet envious. In The Question of Bruno, Hemon introduces readers to the demagoguery of the post-Tito devolution of his country. (Every time I hear political vitriol, I can't help but think how such talk tore his former homeland apart.) The Book of My Lives captures life in the now-vanished Sarajevo, and a portrait of the young Hemon before he began writing in English. When war broke out, he found himself stranded in Chicago and began to construct a new life for himself. I particularly enjoyed the moment he recognized fellow Bosnians walking down the street, the solace he found on the soccer field, and his recounting of a doomed relationship. The final essay is one I read when it was first published, but it is no less emotionally powerful on second read. I can't imagine the fortitude it must have taken for Hemon to live in America and gradually realize he could not go home.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2013
Looking for an answer. I enjoyed reading the compilation of essa
Looking for an answer.
I enjoyed reading the compilation of essays of Hemon’s two lives, one in Sarajevo before war broke out in the 1990’s, the other in Chicago. His style of writing kept me engaged throughout the stories.
This was my first book read by Hemon. I usually do not read other reviews until I finish a book, however, I glanced at the ten reviews posted on Amazon to see if I had read the paragraph written on page 21 correctly. No one has mentioned it, so it looks like I’m alone. Am I reading it incorrectly, or does Hemon say Obama is our president by way of a falsified birth certificate?
I emailed the publisher and the editor and asked this question, but no reply as of yet. The internet provided additional information on Hemon, such as his becoming a U.S. citizen, but I’m hoping a comment will be written by a reviewer, a reader on my blogs, or Hemon himself answering my question.
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Posted March 7, 2014
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