Aleksandar Hemon - Author

About the Author

Born in Sarajevo, Aleksandar Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He is the author The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and a new collection of stories, Love and Obstacles. He lives in Chicago.

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The Making of Zombie Wars

The Making of Zombie Wars

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/04/2016

'A raucous, hilarious book . . . deadly funny.' Chicago Magazine Script idea #142: Aliens undercover as cabbies abduct the fiancee of the main character, who has to find a way to a remote planet to save her. Title: Love Trek. Script idea #185: Teenager discovers his girlfriend's beloved grandfather was a guard in a Nazi death camp. The boy's grandparents are survivors, but he's tantalizingly close to achieving deflowerment, so when a Nazi-hunter arrives in town in pursuit of Grandpa, he has to distract him long enough to get laid. A riotous Holocaust comedy. Title: The Righteous Love. Script idea #196: Rock star high out of his mind freaks out during a show, runs offstage, and is lost in streets crowded with his hallucinations. The teenage fan who finds him keeps the rock star for himself for the night. Mishaps and adventures follow. This one could be a musical: Singin' in the Brain. Josh Levin is an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago. His laptop is full of ideas, but the only one to really take root is Zombie Wars. When Josh comes home to discover his landlord, an unhinged army vet, rifling through his dirty laundry, he decides to move in with his girlfriend, Kimmy. It's domestic bliss for a moment, but Josh becomes entangled with a student, a Bosnian woman named Ana, whose husband is jealous and violent. Disaster ensues, and as Josh's choices move from silly to profoundly absurd, Aleksandar Hemon's The Making of Zombie Wars takes on real consequence.

Making of Zombie Wars

Making of Zombie Wars

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: eBook Release Date: 12/05/2015

The seriously, seriously funny roller-coaster ride of sex and violence that Aleksandar Hemon has long promisedScript idea #142: Aliens undercover as cabbies abduct the fiancee of the main character, who has to find a way to a remote planet to save her. Title: Love Trek.Script idea #185: Teenager discovers his girlfriend's beloved grandfather was a guard in a Nazi death camp. The boy's grandparents are survivors, but he's tantalizingly close to achieving deflowerment, so when a Nazi hunter arrives in town in pursuit of Grandpa, he has to distract him long enough to get laid. A riotous Holocaust comedy. Title: The Righteous Love.Script idea #196: Rock star high out of his mind freaks out during a show, runs offstage, and is lost in streets crowded with his hallucinations. The teenage fan who finds him keeps the rock star for himself for the night. Mishaps and adventures follow. This one could be a musical: Singin' in the Brain.Josh Levin is an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago. His laptop is full of ideas, but the only one to really take root is Zombie Wars. When Josh comes home to discover his landlord, an unhinged army vet, rifling through his dirty laundry, he decides to move in with his girlfriend, Kimmy. It's domestic bliss for a moment, but Josh becomes entangled with a student, a Bosnian woman named Ana, whose husband is jealous and violent. Disaster ensues, and as Josh's choices move from silly to profoundly absurd, The Making of Zombie Wars takes on real consequence.

My Prisoner

My Prisoner

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: eBook Release Date: 07/04/2015

When Aleksandar Hemon and Velibor Bozovic became friends as teenagers in Sarajevo, it was, in Hemon's words, "e;pretty clear that our friendship was for life, even if we could have no notion of what lay ahead of us."e;In the coming years, it became clear that their future was going to be entirely unlike anything they might have imagined. Their beloved city was ripped to shreds by ethnic violence, its citizens suffering the longest siege in the history of modern warfare. Hemon was trapped abroad, in Chicago, when the siege began, and unable to return home, he watched in despair, alone and helpless, as the war unfolded in headlines and TV dispatches. Bozovic, meanwhile, was trapped in Sarajevo with his family. As the conflict accelerated, he was conscripted into the Bosnian Army-even as his father, who had served in the Yugoslav People's Army since long before their country split apart, was being held in a Bosnian POW camp.In his essay "e;My Prisoner,"e; Hemon tells Bozovic's story of life in Sarajevo during the siege. His account revolves around one particular incident in the middle of the war when Bozovic was offered the chance to visit his father in the POW camp-though not, of course, without an onerous quid pro quo.Almost twenty years later, in 2012, Hemon and Bozovic are still friends for life. Hemon is now a writer in Chicago; Bozovic is a photographer in Montreal. Hemon has traveled to Canada with his daughter to see his friend's art installation, My Prisoner, about that wartime reunion with his father. In this special ebook edition, both versions of "e;My Prisoner"e; are presented together. The result is a unique and extraordinary literary and artistic experience.Note: Hemon's essay appears in the Picador paperback and ebook editions of The Book of My Lives. Bozovic's My Prisoner appears only in this enhanced ebook.

Matters of Life, Death, and More

Matters of Life, Death, and More

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: eBook Release Date: 17/06/2014

As the world's eyes are on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, Aleksandar Hemon reminds us of a sad fact: 'an average life seldom contains more than twenty World Cups-our games are tragically numbered.' We need to pay attention, to absorb the joy, the skill, the agony, the triumph, the beauty-everything that football is. And football is, of course, everything. In these pages, Hemon revisits memories of his first World Cup (1974), for which his homeland, Yugoslavia, qualified in dramatic fashion. He takes us through the World Cups of the eighties, nineties, up through South Africa in 2010-and to the brink of the 2014 World Cup, which is a special one for Hemon: the first time that Bosnia and Herzegovina has qualified in the country's history. Football is a high-stakes enterprise full of extreme passion, extreme talent, extreme money, and often extreme politics. But here too are stories of the heated games of Hemon's youth in Sarajevo's gravel courtyards, of the frozen pick-up games of his adulthood in Chicago, and now, of his daughter's slightly less intense soccer practices, replete with cones and shin guards. For Hemon football is more than a sport, it's certainly not 'exercise,' it is the beautiful game-and never more so than in these pages.

Matters of Life, Death, and More

Matters of Life, Death, and More

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: eBook Release Date: 03/06/2014

"e;The genius of Aleksandar Hemon's prose is a well-established, universally acknowledged fact. But his ability to read a soccer match-to really, deeply understand it-will strike readers with the force of pure, ecstatic revelation. His essays on the game are the very definition of pleasure."e; -Franklin Foer, author of How Soccer Explains the World"e;Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."e; -Bill Shankly, legendary Liverpool F.C. managerAs the world's eyes turn to Brazil for the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup, Aleksandar Hemon reminds us of a sad fact: "e;an average life seldom contains more than twenty World Cups-our games are tragically numbered."e; We need to pay attention, to absorb the joy, the skill, the agony, the triumph, the beauty-everything that soccer is. And soccer is, of course, everything.In these pages, Hemon revisits memories of his first World Cup (1974), for which his then homeland, Yugoslavia, qualified in dramatic fashion-only to quickly lose their way out of the tournament. He takes us through the World Cups of the eighties, nineties, up through South Africa in 2010-and to the brink of the 2014 World Cup, which is a special one for Hemon: the first time in the country's history that Bosnia and Herzegovina has qualified.Played out on the world stage-both in the World Cup and in soccer's international professional leagues-soccer is a high-stakes enterprise full of extreme passion, extreme talent, extreme money, and often extreme politics. But Hemon is also quick to point out that a game of soccer requires only a reasonably flat surface, a sufficiently round object, and someone to show up, and he regales us with stories of the heated games of his youth in Sarajevo's gravel courtyards, of the frozen pick-up games of his adulthood in Chicago, and now, of his daughter's slightly less intense soccer practices, replete with cones and shin guards.Hemon has been celebrated far and wide for his fiction and essays, but here he takes on what is truly his lifelong, animating passion: soccer. It's more than a sport, it's certainly not "e;exercise,"e; and it's not even enough to say soccer is life (as Shankly pointed out). Soccer is, in fact, the beautiful game-and never more so than in these pages. Even if, despite all of America's best efforts, Hemon still occasionally insists on calling it "e;football."e;

The Book of My Lives

The Book of My Lives

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Aleksandar Hemon grew up in a blissful Sarajevo, where his childhood was consumed by football, his adolescence by friends, movies and girls and where, as a young man, he poked at the pretensions of his beloved city with American music, bad poetry, and slightly better journalism. And then at twenty-seven Hemon flew to Chicago for a month-long visit. A matter of weeks later Sarajevo was engulfed in an atrocious war and Hemon found himself an exile - he wouldn't return home for five years, and when he did, he found his city irrevocably changed.

Best European Fiction 2011 (Mandarin Edition)

Best European Fiction 2011 (Mandarin Edition)

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: eBook Release Date: 25/02/2014

2011The launch of Dalkeys Best European Fiction series was nothing short of phenomenal. For 2011, Aleksandar Hemon is back as editor, along with a new preface by Colum McCann, and with a whole new cast of authors and stories, including work from countries not included in Best European Fiction 2010.

Question of Bruno

Question of Bruno

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: eBook Release Date: 15/01/2014

In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force-the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander's-Aleksandar 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 sure-footed 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 international writer.

Love and Obstacles

Love and Obstacles

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/03/2010

`If there is a more inspired writer of fiction than Aleksandar Hemon currently at work in English, I haven't read him. Startlingly fresh and original . . . Read and rejoice' GQ The explosive perils of adolescence, a country falling apart, the overwhelming vertigo of striking out abroad: this is life in which love is only one of many obstacles. From Sarajevo to the darkest heart of Africa, deepest Slovenia, and the melting pot of Chicago, this brilliant and restlessly inventive collection is shot through with humour and truth - found in the most surprising of places. `Eccentric, witty and alive with compassion' Observer `Much of the wonder here is in his swaggeringly supple prose, which is by turns delectably lavish and blunt . . . Some of the richest delights in contemporary fiction, as well as some of the best jokes' Guardian `Crackles with wit and dances with invention' Independent `Infinitely vibrant and alive' Financial Times

Nowhere Man

Nowhere Man

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2004

`Aleksandar Hemon has established himself as that rare thing, an essential writer. Another small act of defiance against this narrowing world' Observer `His language sings . . . I should not be surprised if Hemon wins the Nobel Prize at some point' Giles Foden In Aleksandar Hemon's electrifying first book, The Question of Bruno, Jozef Pronek left Sarajevo to visit Chicago in 1992, just in time to watch war break out at home on TV. Unable to return, he began to make his way in a foreign land and his adventures were unforgettable. Now Pronek, the accidental nomad, gets his own book, and startles us into yet more exhilarating ways of seeing the world anew. `If the plot is mercury, quick and elusive, sentence by sentence and word for word, Aleksandar Hemon's writing is gold' Times Literary Supplement `Downbeat but also hilarious, while the writing itself is astonishing' Time Out `Hemon can't write a boring sentence, and the English language is the richer for it' New York Times `Sheer exuberance, generosity and engagement with life' Sunday Times In Aleksandar Hemon's electrifying first book, The Question of Bruno, Jozef Pronek left Sarajevo to visit Chicago in 1992, just in time to watch war break out at home on TV. Unable to return, he began to make his way in a foreign land and his adventures were unforgettable. Now Pronek, the accidental nomad, gets his own book, and startles us into yet more exhilarating ways of seeing the world anew.

The Question of Bruno

The Question of Bruno

Author: Aleksandar Hemon Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2001

`You will go a long way to find anything better than this' Edward Docx `There is simply more history and more drama in Hemon's stories than in a shelf and a half of the usual dayglo Anglo-American entertainment' Guardian The Question of Bruno is an elegy for the vanished Yugoslavia and a journey through the intertwined history of a family and a nation, written in prose of unparalleled daring, invention and wit. `Amazing. The personal fall-out of political failure has never been so searing' Time Out `Like Nabokov, Hemon writes with the startling peeled vision of the outsider, weighing words as if for the first time; he shares with Kundera an ability to find grace and humour in the bleakest of circumstances' Observer `A storyteller, funny and sad in equal measure, and always entertaining' Scotland on Sunday The Question of Bruno is an elegy for the vanished Yugoslavia and a journey through the intertwined history of a family and a nation, written in prose of unparalleled daring, invention and wit.

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