The Question of Bruno

The Question of Bruno

by Aleksandar Hemon
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The Question of Bruno by Aleksandar Hemon

In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force-the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander's-Aleksander Hemon writes of love and war, Sarajevo and America, with a skill and imagination that are breathtaking.

A love affair is experienced in the blink of an eye as the Archduke Ferdinand watches his wife succumb to an assassin's bullet. An exiled writer, working in a sandwich shop in Chicago, adjusts to the absurdities of his life. Love letters from war torn Sarajevo navigate the art of getting from point A to point B without being shot. With a surefooted sense of detail and life-saving humor, Aleksandar Hemon examines the overwhelming events of history and the effect they have on individual lives. These heartrending stories bear the unmistakable mark of an important new international writer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375727009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Series: Vintage International Series
Edition description: 1 VINTAGE
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 669,261
Product dimensions: 5.18(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Aleksandar Hemon was born in Sarajevo in 1964. He moved to Chicago in 1992 with only a basic command of English. He began writing in English in 1995. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Short Stories 1999, among other publications, and will appear in the forthcoming Best American Short Stories 2000. He continues to live in Chicago with his wife, Lisa Stodder, a Chicago native.

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Following in the tradition of Conrad and Nabokov, who learned to write magnificently in their adopted English tongue, Hemon reminds us just how interesting and beautiful our language can be. Sometimes it takes an outsider (Hemon is Bosnian) to revive interest in finely crafted literature. His sentences are playful, and he shares his love of writing with us unashamedly. His excessive use of adjectives can be forgiven in so young a writer, especially since his tales are so thoughtful. These stories are a fine start from a new voice--'Islands' and 'The Sorge Spy Ring' stand out in particular--and they promise greater things in the future.