The first nonfiction book-searing, revealing, unforgettable-from 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 multi-ethnic group of friends, resentment of his younger sister, and occasional trips abroad with his engineer-cum-beekeeper father, and 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 there is Chicago – war breaking out at home and the city fully under siege, the Hemon family fleeing Sarajevo (with their dog) and all they had ever known, applying for asylum, and Hemon himself starting his own family in this new city.
And yet this is not really a memoir. Like Hemon's fiction, The Book of My Lives defies 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 soccer – and not for the exercise. It is a book driven by passions 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 reader – a different person, with a new way of looking at the world. For fans of Hemon's fiction, The Book of My Lives is simply indispensable; for the uninitiated, it is the perfect introduction to one of the great writers of our time.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 04 / 2013
- 153 x 234mm