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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 in Bosnia.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of literature’s most engaging lost young men since Augie March…Hemon can’t write a boring sentence, and the English language…is the richer for it.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Hemon’s fractured story will haunt you long after you want it to, as you slowly realize that just because the last sentence ended with a period, all that was said before continues.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A virtuoso linguist, stylist, and social observer…Hemon delivers a searing, mordantly funny novel…The angst-ridden, horny, adolescent Balkan he depicts is deeply human, totally irresistible, and often hilarious, and by turns culturally specific and universal.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A charmingly discombobulated take on life and language…Hemon makes ordinary occurrences read like psychic disturbances.”

    Village Voice

  • “Jozef Pronek, the quirky Sarajevan who captured the imagination of readers in Hemon’s acclaimed story collection gets full-length treatment in this acutely self-aware and tender first novel…A wild, twisty read, and Hemon’s inimitable voice and the wry urgency of his storytelling should cement his reputation as a talented young writer.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An unusual structure, along with a striking pictorial and metaphoric imagination, offers distinctive literary pleasures in this genuinely original first novel by the Bosnian-American author…Think of the gifted Hemon as a kinder and gentler—and infinitely funnier—Jerzy Kosinski. A wry, touching chronicle of the misadventures of a stranger in several strange lands. Don’t miss it.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This episodic tale combines a tender musicality and somewhat sardonic affection for humanity with piercing insights into the sorrows of displacement and alienation…Hemon, who possesses a diabolical sense of humor and a wickedly visceral sensibility, and who handles English as though it were nitroglycerine, considers the precariousness of existence, the continual revision of identity and dreams that immigrant life demands, and the ever-present shadow of death.”


  • A 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Fiction
  • A 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Fiction
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About the Author
Author Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, which appeared on Best Books of 2000 lists nationwide, won several literary awards, and was published in eighteen countries, as well as of Nowhere Man and The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon arrived in Chicago in 1992, began writing in English in 1995, and now his work appears regularly in the New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, Paris Review, and Best American Short Stories.