The Book of My Lives

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 3/19/2013
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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The first nonfiction booksearing, revealing, unforgettablefrom one of our most acclaimed writers Aleksandar Hemon's lives begin in Sarajevo, a small, blissful city where a young boy's life is consumed with street soccer with his casually multiethnic group of friends, resentment of his younger sister, and trips abroad with his engineer-cum-beekeeper father. Here, a young man's life is about poking at the pretensions of the city's elders with American music, bad poetry, and slightly better journalism. And then Chicago: watching war break out in Sarajevo and the city come under siege, with no way to return home; the Hemons fleeing Sarajevo with the family dog, leaving behind all else they had ever known; and Hemon himself starting a new life, his own family, in this new city. And yet this is not really a memoir. Like Hemon's fiction, The Book of My Livesdefies convention and expectation. It is a love song to two different cities; it is a heartbreaking paean to the bonds of family; it is a stirring exhortation to go out and play soccerand not for the exercise. It is a book driven by passion but built on fierce intelligence, devastating experience, and sharp insight. And like the best narratives, it is a book that will leave you a different readera different person, with a new way of looking at the worldwhen you've finished. For fans of Hemon's fiction, The Book of My Livesis simply indispensab≤ for the uninitiated, it is the perfect introduction to one of the great writers of our time.

Author Biography

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, The Lazarus Project, and Love and Obstacles. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/W. G. Sebald Award, and, most recently, a 2012 USA Fellowship. He lives in Chicago.

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Praise for The Lazarus Project

“Masterful . . . Ingenious . . . Hemon is as much a writer of the senses as of the intellect.” —The Washington Post Book World

“[A] remarkable, and remarkably entertaining, chronicle of loss and hopelessness and cruelty propelled by an eloquent, irritable existential unease.” —The New York Times Book Review

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