Title: LOVE AND OBSTACLES - Scarce Pristine Copy of...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2009
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 210 pages. Published in 2009. The author's second collection of short stories. One of the most important literary events of our time. Advance Signed Copy. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. "Autographed Copy" red sticker pasted on the DJ front cover. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Aleksandar Hemon's "Love And Obstacles". His most autobiographical work in fictional form. "Beautifully twists the English language in this collection of eight powerful and disquieting stories. Arranged chronologically, all but one feature a Hemon-like narrator named Bogdan, first met as a surly teenager during his diplomat father's assignment in Zaire, where he is happily corrupted by a degenerate American espionage agent. In each successive story, Bogdan recalls the surreal and salient experiences of his life: His youth with his ironically depicted family; his early determination to be a poet; his accidental sojourn in America, where he was caught after the commencement of hostilities in Bosnia; and his return to a cesspool of insignificant, drizzly suffering, where he has a transformative night interviewing a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Hemon arranges words like gems in a necklace: A necktie is stretched across the chair seat like a severed tendon; a car is stickered with someone else's thought; a character's teeth are like organ pipes. Writing with steely control and an antic eye, Hemon has assembled another extraordinary work" (Publishers Weekly). An absolute "must-have" title for Aleksandar Hemon collectors. This Autograpehd Copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Aleksandar Hemon. It signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, even though it comes from the publisher. Hemon signed on top of the page, making his signature even more prominent. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. Finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for "Nowhere Man". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2004. Finalist for the National Book Award in 2008 for "The Lazarus Project". One of the most brilliant American writers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEKSANDAR HEMON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1594488649. Bookseller Inventory # 14623
A new book of linked stories by the author of the National Book Award finalist The Lazarus Project.
Aleksandar Hemon earned his reputation- and his MacArthur "genius grant"-for his short stories, and he returns to the form with a powerful collection of linked stories that stands with The Lazarus Project as the best work of his celebrated career. A few of the stories have never been published before; the others have appeared in The New Yorker, and several of those have also been included in The Best American Short Stories. All are infused with the dazzling, astonishingly creative prose and the remarkable, haunting autobiographical elements that have distinguished Hemon as one of the most original and illustrious voices of our time.
What links the stories in Love and Obstacles is the narrator, a young man who-like Hemon himself-was raised in Yugoslavia and immigrated to the United States. The stories of 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 and the consequent uprooting and move to America in young adulthood. But because it's Aleksandar Hemon, the stories extend far beyond the immigrant experience; each one is punctuated with unexpected humor and spins out in fabulist, exhilarating directions, ultimately building to an insightful, often heartbreaking conclusion. Woven together, these stories comprise a book that is, genuinely, as cohesive and powerful as any fiction- achingly human, charming, and inviting.
About the Author: Aleksandar Hemon???is the author of???The???Lazarus Project,???Love and Obstacles,???The Question of Bruno,???Nowhere Man???and???The Book of My???Lives. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Genius Award, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/W. G. Sebald Award, and, most recently, a 2012 USA Fellowship. He lives in Chicago.
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