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The second year of the celebrated Best European Fiction series offers an even widier array of stories, including forty authors from countries as dfiverse as Belarus, Cyprus, Moldova, and Turkey. With well-known figures such as Milary Mantel (England) and Ingo Schulze (Germany) alongside authors - ranging from the familiar to the obscure - appearing in English for the first time. Author Biographies; Translator Biographies. 511p.
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For this third installment in the annual anthology, editor Aleksandar Hemon has organized its thirty-four stories not by country, but by theme (love, desire, family, thought, art, home, work, evil). In his introduction, Hemon informs readers that the intention is to place the stories β€œin the situation of dialogue and to show what we have always known: the infinite variation of human experience, which can never be spent or diminished to a tweet, is the true and only domain of literature. What you can find in this book is not only great, relevant fiction, but also – and perhaps, most importantly – a sense of kinship in the belief that human lives, thoughts, and feelings always matter.” Index by Author, Index by Country, Author Biographies, Translator Biographies. 459p.
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A latest annual anthology of top-selected short fiction pieces from Europe includes a preface by John Bannville and adds A. S. Byatt to the list of contributing writers. Edited by the National Book Critics Circle Award-nominated author of The Lazarus Project. Original. 13,000 first printing.
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The eight stories in this collection are united by their narrator, a young man coming of age in communist-but-cosmopolitan Sarajevo, who leaves for the United States just as his city is torn asunder. In Aleksandar Hemon's hands, seemingly mundane childhood experiences become dramatic adventures while unique and wrenching circumstances become common ground involving all. As the stories grow together, the book shows itself to be as cohesive and impressive as any novel.Writing that proves a marvelous paradigm shift in the life and times of the 'nowhere man'. 210p.
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8vo. 1st edition. SIGNED by the author. Light bump to head of spine, also affecting d.j. NF/NF.
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The author's novel, The Lazarus Project, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award, and a previous short story collection, Nowhere Man, was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. In this new book of linked stories the connection is: the narrator, a young man who - like the author himself - was raised in Yugoslavia and immigrated to the United States. The stories in Love and Obstacles are about that coming of age and the complications - the obstacles - of growing up in a communist but cosmopolitan country, and the disintegration of that country & the consequent uprooting & move to America in younger adulthood. Each story is punctuated with solid humor and a true fabulist's vision.
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Nowhere Man

By Aleksandar Hemon

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National Book Critics Circle Award For Fiction Finalist. A native of Sarajevo, where he spends his adolrescence trying to become Bosnia's answer to John Lennon, Jozef Pronek comes to the United States in 1992 - just in time to watch war break out in his country, but not too early to be a genuine refugee. He proves to be - not just to himself, but to the revolving series of shadowy but insightful narrators who chart his progress from Sarajevo to Chicago, from a hilarios encounter with the first President Bush to a somewhat more grave one with a heavily armed Serb whom he has been hired to serve with court papers. Moving, disquieting, & exhilarating in its virtuosity. A kaleidoscopic portrait. 242p.
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Nowhere Man

By Aleksandar Hemon

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The first novel by the Bosnia-born American writer continues the story of Josef Pronek, introduced in the story collection 'The Question of Bruno,' a young man from Sarajevo who left for Chicago just before the war broke out.
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A diverse selection of stories of contemporary American life and dreams lost and then found, this audio CD from the acclaimed Selected Shorts series features works from four of today's most talented authors: Sherman Alexie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Aleksandar Hemon, and Jhumpa Lahiri. A robbery and its dramatic consequences lead a Spokane Indian to rethink his entire life in Alexie's "Breaking and Entering," dynamically performed by B. D. Wong. A young Nigerian woman tackles adventure by taking a Greyhound bus to the end of the line and starting a new life in Hartford in Adichie's longing-filled story "The Thing Around Your Neck," performed by Condola Rashad. Tony winner Boyd Gaines performs Hemon's heartfelt tale "Good Living," in which a Bosnian emigrant seeks the American dream while selling magazines door to door in Chicago. Lastly, Rita Wolf gives a breathtaking performance of "Hell-Heaven," Lahiri's story of passions and tensions in a Bengali family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, from her acclaimed collection Unaccustomed Earth. This CD is sure to delight listeners while providing an opportunity for artists and audiences to connect.
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With new material for the paperback edition.
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Essays pay tribute to the two different cities of the author's youth--Sarajevo, until the city came under siege, and then Chicago, where he and his family started a new life, leaving behind everything they had ever known.
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On March 2, 1908, ninenteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, a recent Jewish immigrant from Eastern Europe to Chicago, knocked on the front door of the house of George Shippy, the chief of Chicago police. When Shippy came to the door, Averbuch offered him what he said was an important letter. Instead of taking the letter, Shippy shot Averbuch twice, killing him. When Shippy released a statement casting Averbuch as a would-be anarchist assassin and agent of foreign political operatives, he all but set off a city and a country already simmering with ethnic and political tensions. Over a hundred years later, a young writer in Chicago becomes obsessed with Lazarus's story, their stories fusing into one. Illus., b&w photographs. 294p.
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(2000). 8vo. 1st edition of author's 1st book. SIGNED by Hemon. Light bumping to extremities with faint scratching to front board. Minor edgewear to d.j. extremities with faint soiling to panels and tiny sticker ghosts to spine and front panel. VG/VG.
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8vo. 1st edition of authors's 1st book. SIGNED by the author. Minor bumping to spine ends. Touch of toning to d.j. NF/NF.
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Eight stories make up this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force collection of short stories: 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 downtown Chicago, adjusts to the absurdities of his life; love letters from war-torn Sarajevo explain the art of getting from point A to point B without being shot; a young boy reimagines his father's life as a spy; and the Hemons, inspired by the success of the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics, father for a one-time-only Hemoniad family reunion. Heartrending stories bearing the unmistakable mark of an original vision.
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