Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Question of Bruno, one of the most celebrated debuts in recent
American fiction, returns with the mind- and language-bending adventures of his
endearing protagonist Jozef Pronek.
A native of Sarajevo, where he spends his adolescence trying
to become Bosnia’s answer to John Lennon, Jozef Pronek comes to the United
States in 1992—just in time to watch war break out in his country but too early
to be a genuine refugee. Indeed, Jozef’s typical answer to inquiries about his
origins and ethnicity is, “I am complicated.”
And so he proves to be—not just to himself, but to the
revolving series of shadowy but insightful narrators who chart his progress
from Sarajevo to Chicago; from a hilarious encounter with the first President
Bush to a somewhat graver meeting with a heavily armed Serb whom he has
been hired to serve with court papers. Moving, disquieting, and exhilarating in
its virtuosity, Nowhere Man is the
kaleidoscopic portrait of a magnetic young man stranded in America by the war
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