Culture & Art

Bosnian Fiction

Alexsandar Hemon is a writer who was born in Bosnia/Sarajevo in 1964. He is known as postmodernist American fiction writer, essayist and critic, he frequently published in The New Yorker and written for Esquire. He has also written for the Sarajevo magazine called BH Dani.

In his early life, Alexsandar graduated from the University of Sarajevo and when he was 26 and wrote for the “former Yugoslavia”. In 1992, he moved to the United States and became stranded at the outbreak of the war in Bosnia.

His first story in English was “The Life and Work of Alphonse Kauders” published in 1995. After that he wrote “The Sorge Spy Ring” in 1996 and “Islands” in 1998.

His first book “The Questions of Bruno” was published in 2000,which included short stories and a novella. “Nowhere Man” in 2002 was his second book. He has also won many awards with other works that he wrote.

His Novels:

Nowhere Man(2002):
The novel centers around the character of Jozef Pronek, a Bosnian refugee, who was already the subject of Hemon's novella “Blind Jozef Pronek & Dead Souls” published in his short story collection “The Question of Bruno”.A young man from Sarajevo who left in 1992 to visit the United States and was on time to watch the war break out on television at home. Twisted by the relative comfort of Chicago, he proves to be an attractive and frankly perceptive observer and participant in American life.

The Lazarus Project(2008):
On March 2, 1908, nineteen-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.” The book is the winner of the inaugural Jan Michalski Prize for Literature in 2010.

The Making of Zombie Wars(2015):
Josh Levin is an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago. His laptop is full of ideas, but the only one to really take root is 'Zombie Wars'. When Josh comes home to discover his landlord, an unhinged army vet, rifling through his dirty laundry, he decides to move in with his girlfriend, Kimmy. It's domestic bliss for a moment, but Josh becomes entangled with a student, a Bosnian woman named Ana, whose husband is jealous and violent. Disaster ensues, and as Josh's choices move from silly to profoundly absurd, 'The Making of Zombie Wars' takes on real consequence’.

Short Stories:
The Question of Bruno-2000
Love and Obstacles-2009

The Book of My Lives-2013

About The Author

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Berfu Özulu

Berfu Özulu is student from Turkey and her major is Economics. She is interested in writing and volunteering. Working for TOG culture-art section and another project which is called Building Bridges for Refugee Children. Lately, she states that the travelling is her passion and she believes that while travelling you can learn more than you can read or hear. It brings great experiences and good people.