Aleksandar Hemon Love and Obstacles

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From the celebrated author of the bestselling Lazarus Project "a dazzling collection of stories ... further cementing [Hemon's] position among the finest fiction writers working in English" (GQ).

The stories of Aleksandar Hemon's Love and Obstacles are united by their narrator, a young man coming of age in Communist-but-cosmopolitan Sarajevo who will leave for the United States just as his city is torn asunder. In Hemon's hands, seemingly mundane childhood experiences become daring, dramatic adventures, while unique and wrenching circumstances become a common ground that involves us all. As cohesive and impressive as any novel, the short story collection Love and Obstacles stands with the National Book Award finalist The Lazarus Project as the best work of this MacArthur Genius Award winner's career.

From the author of The Book of My Lives.
 

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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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*Starred Review* Beginning with the lancing stories in The Question of Bruno (2000) and extending into his tour de force, The Lazarus Project (2008), MacArthur fellow Hemon has been grappling with home, hate, and war within the crushing and ludicrous adventures of young Bosnian men growing up in doomed Yugoslavia, then plunging into the confounding demands of exile in America. In this riveting cycle of linked stories-within-stories, Hemon’s wannabe-poet narrator is abruptly introduced to geopolitical sleaze in Kinshasa, where his diplomat father is posted in 1983. Back home in Sarajevo, he runs amok on his first solo journey and sits at the feet of a celebrated poet, fueled by both reverence and resentment. He then travels to America just before war breaks out and discovers that obstacles to love loom everywhere. Possessed of a phenomenal gift for translating feelings into concrete imagery in masterfully structured tales that end in stunning crescendos, Hemon infuses everything, from a freezer to bees in a hive, with barbed insights into our instinct for aggression, longing for connection, and unquenchable need to tell our stories, whether in poems, letters, drunken orations, or confessions to strangers. Hemon is a world-class writer of seismic depth, riptide humor, wine-dark language, and unflinching candor. --Donna Seaman

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