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The Book of My Lives

ISBN: 9780374115739 | 0374115737
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pub. Date: 3/19/2013

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The first nonfiction booksearing, revealing, unforgettablefrom one of our most acclaimed writers Aleksandar Hemon's lives begin in Sarajevo, a small, blissful city where a young boy's life is consumed with street soccer with his casually multiethnic group of friends, resentment of his younger sister, and trips abroad with his engineer-cum-beekeeper father. Here, 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. And then Chicago: watching war break out in Sarajevo and the city come under siege, with no way to return home; the Hemons fleeing Sarajevo with the family dog, leaving behind all else they had ever known; and Hemon himself starting a new life, his own family, in this new city. And yet this is not really a memoir. Like Hemon's fiction, The Book of My Livesdefies convention and expectation. It is a love song to two different cities; it is a heartbreaking paean to the bonds of family; it is a stirring exhortation to go out and play soccerand not for the exercise. It is a book driven by passion 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 readera different person, with a new way of looking at the worldwhen you've finished. For fans of Hemon's fiction, The Book of My Livesis simply indispensab≤ for the uninitiated, it is the perfect introduction to one of the great writers of our time.


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