Books by Aleksandar Hemon

MY PARENTS by Aleksandar Hemon
Released: June 11, 2019

"An incisive combination of literature that addresses the function of literature and memories that explore the meaning of memory."
Two very different memoirs within the same cover address memory, identity, history, and mortality from different perspectives. Read full book review >
Released: May 12, 2015

"Fun, though, for Hemon fans who want to see him work in a different mode. "
One of America's finest authors of somber novels about alienation brings a newbie's enthusiasm to a comic novel—about alienation, of course. Read full book review >
Released: March 19, 2013

"Amuses, informs and inspires—then, finally, rips open the heart."
An acclaimed novelist—winner of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant and finalist for the National Book Award (The Lazarus Project, 2008, etc.)—returns with an affecting memoir about his youth in Sarajevo and his escape and adjustment to the West. Read full book review >
LOVE AND OBSTACLES by Aleksandar Hemon
Released: May 14, 2009

"Not as ambitious as The Lazarus Project, but no work by Hemon is a minor effort."
A master of modern literary gamesmanship returns with a short-story collection that just might be a novel, with elements that closely parallel the author's career. Read full book review >
THE LAZARUS PROJECT by Aleksandar Hemon
Released: May 1, 2008

"A literary page-turner that combines narrative momentum with meditations on identity and mortality."
A profoundly moving novel that finds striking parallels between the America of a hundred years ago and now, as an immigrant Bosnian author, straining to come to terms with his identity, returns to his troubled homeland. Read full book review >
NOWHERE MAN by Aleksandar Hemon
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"Think of the gifted Hemon as a kinder and gentler—and infinitely funnier—Jerzy Kosinski. A wry, touching chronicle of the misadventures of a stranger in several strange lands. Don't miss it."
An unusual structure, along with a striking pictorial and metaphoric imagination, offers distinctive literary pleasures in this genuinely original first novel by the Bosnian-American author (stories: The Question of Bruno, 2000). Read full book review >
THE QUESTION OF BRUNO by Aleksandar Hemon
Released: June 1, 2000

"Hemon's prose suffers occasionally from the overstudious diction of the non-native speaker, but he is clearly a writer of some promise."
Uneven but not uninteresting stories from first-timer Hemon, a Conradian figure, an exile from Sarajevo who has lived in Chicago for eight years, remaking himself into an American writer. Read full book review >