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The Book of My Lives
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The Book of My Lives (Hardback)

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Hemon pays tribute to both Sarajevo, from which he found himself exiled when the city came under siege while he was visiting Chicago in 1992, and to the city that adopted him. He recalls trips abroad when young with his father, an engineer and beekeeper, talks about his passion for playing football and recalls his early forays into English-language writing, including poetry and journalism. You can read an extract and an exclusive interview with the author here.

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Aleksandar Hemon's lives begin in Sarajevo, a small, blissful city where a young boy's life is consumed by football, by resentment of his younger sister, and by occasional trips abroad with his engineer-cum-beekeeper father; and where 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. Yet this is not really a memoir. It is a lovesong to Sarajevo and to Hemon's adopted Chicago; it is a heartbreaking paean to the bonds of family; it is a stirring exhortation to go out and play football -- 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.

BiographyMemoirs Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publication Date: 14/03/2013 ISBN-13: 9781447210900  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Aleksandar Hemon is the author of the prize-winning The Lazarus Project, as well as Nowhere Man and The Question of Bruno. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon has lived in Chicago since 1992, and wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a 'genius grant' from the MacArthur foundation in 2004.

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