Author(s): Aleksandar Hemon
On 2 March 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, a young Russian Jewish immigrant to Chicago, tried to deliver a letter to the city's Chief of Police. He was shot dead. After the shooting, it was claimed he was an anarchist assassin and an agent of foreign operatives who wanted to bring the United States to its knees. His sister, Olga, was left alone and bereft in a city seething with tension. A century later, two friends become obsessed with the truth about Lazarus and decide to travel to his birthplace. As the stories intertwine, a world emerges in which everything and nothing has changed. 'Prose this powerful could wake the dead' - "Observer". 'This is easily Hemon's best work to date, an intricately tessellated portrait of flight, emigration, and the meaning of home' - "Evening Standard".
aA masterful new novel. . . Ingenious. . .Hemon is as much a writer of the senses as of the intellect.a
a"Washington Post Book Review"
aIncandescent. When your eyes close, the power of this novel, of Hemonas colossal talent, remains.a
aJunot DA-az, author of "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"
aHemon is immensely talentedaa natural storyteller and a poet, a maker of amazing, gorgeous sentences in what is his second language.a
a"Los Angeles Times Book Review"
aRemarkable, and remarkably entertaining.a aThe New York Times Book Review aA physical, historical, and pre-eminently psychological journey.a
a"San Francisco Chronicle"
aStunninga][a] vivid novela]wildly palpably real.a
aA measured, clear spotlight of injustice, made all the more eloquent by the prickly humor of the author.a
a"Los Angeles Times"
aHemonas writing sometimes reminds one of Nabokovas...yet the feat of his reinvention exceeds the Russianas.a
aJames Wood, "The New Yorker"
aA profoundly moving novela]A literary page-turner that combines narrative momentum with meditations on identity and mortality.a
Born in Sarajevo, Aleksandar Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He is the author The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and a new collection of stories, Love and Obstacles. He lives in Chicago.