Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon
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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.

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About Aleksandar Hemon

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Born in Sarajevo, Aleksandar Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. His work now appears regularly in The New Yorker, Granta, The Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories. He is the author of The Question of Bruno and Nowhere Man, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hemon was awarded a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. Riverhead will publish Hemon’s next book, Love and Obstacles, in 2009.
Published December 23, 2009 by Vintage. 258 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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A letter from a former band- and soul-mate who remains in Sarajevo during the violent 1990s follows, as do more elaborate accounts of Jozef’s work as a lab technician, then a canvasser for Greenpeace, and his marriage to a woman whose love for him (and his for her) cannot vanquish the loneliness ...

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Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon 242pp, Picador, £15.99 The engagingly gauche, drolly unforgettable Jozef Pronek first appeared in Aleksandar Hemon's impressive debut collection of stories, The Question of Bruno (2000).

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Publishers Weekly

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Jozef Pronek, the quirky Sarajevan who captured the imagination of readers in Hemon's acclaimed story collection (The Question of Bruno), gets full-length treatment in this acutely self-aware and tender first novel.

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Star Tribune

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For Bosnian-American writer Aleksandar Hemon, a historical event unfolds in the same manner as a human life: It is rarely fully grasped before it's over.

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Entertainment Weekly

Hemon starts boldly: A Bosnia-born narrator -- his English a spew of whacked metaphors -- spies Jozef Pronek, a boyhood acquaintance, in a Chicago ESL class.

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