From the celebrated author of the bestselling Lazarus Project-"a dazzling collection of stories...further cementing [Hemon's] position among the finest fiction writers working in English" (GQ).
The stories of Love and Obstacles are united by their narrator, a young man coming of age in Communist-but-cosmopolitan Sarajevo who will leave for the United States just as his city is torn asunder. In Hemon's hands, seemingly mundane childhood experiences become daring, dramatic adventures, while unique and wrenching circumstances become a common ground that involves us all. As cohesive and impressive as any novel, Love and Obstacles stands with the National Book Award finalist The Lazarus Project as the best work of Hemon's career.
Acclaimed Bosnian author Aleksandar Hemon's semi-autobiographical short-stories follow a single character, Bogden, from his days as a disgruntled teenager in Zaire where his father works as an ambassador, to his forced exile in Chicago during the Bosnian War (as was Hemon himself), to his eventual rise to literary prominence. Hemon's stories are a wonderful blend of a journalist's sense of location, detail, and the forces of history combined with an artist's love of language, memory, and metaphor--MacArthur Fellow Hemon is a rare hybrid, a savvy immigrant writer tackling the sufferings and desires of the globalized world. Selected by the New York Times Book Review as a Notable Book of 2009.
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- Riverhead Books
- May 4, 2010
- May 4, 2010
- Aleksandar Hemon