Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian-American fiction writer, essayist, and critic. Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1964, he moved to the United States in 1992, where he began his writing career. Hemon's work often explores themes of exile, identity, and the impact of history on individual lives. He is known for his novels 'Nowhere Man' and 'The Lazarus Project,' which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hemon has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur 'Genius Grant.' His writing style is noted for its rich language and inventive narrative structures.


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  1. 1. Nowhere Man

    "Nowhere Man" is a unique narrative that explores the life of a Bosnian immigrant who is trapped in Chicago during the outbreak of the Bosnian war. The novel uses a non-linear narrative structure and multiple perspectives to tell the story of the protagonist's life, from his childhood in Sarajevo, to his struggles and experiences in America. The book is a poignant examination of identity, displacement, and the immigrant experience.

  2. 2. The Lazarus Project

    The novel follows two intertwined narratives. In the first, set in 1908, a Jewish immigrant is wrongfully accused of anarchism and murdered by the Chicago Chief of Police. In the second, set in modern times, a writer from Eastern Europe is investigating the century-old murder, leading him on a journey across Eastern Europe and eventually back to the United States. The narratives explore themes of love, immigration, and the pursuit of the American dream.