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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,258 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Aleksandar Hemon Narrator: Jefferson May Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On March 2, 1908, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin.

A century later, a young Eastern European writer in Chicago named Brik becomes obsessed with Lazarus’s story. Brik enlists his friend Rora—a war photographer from Sarajevo—to join him in retracing Averbuch’s path.

Through a history of pogroms and poverty, and a prism of a present-day landscape of cheap mafiosi and even cheaper prostitutes, the stories of Averbuch and Brik become inextricably intertwined, creating a truly original, provocative, and entertaining novel that confirms Aleksandar Hemon, often compared to Vladimir Nabokov, as one of the most dynamic and essential literary voices of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Incandescent. When your eyes close, the power of this novel, of Hemon’s colossal talent, remains.

    Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • “Remarkable, and remarkably entertaining.”  

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A physical, historical, and preeminently psychological journey.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A masterful new novel…Ingenious…Hemon is as much a writer of the senses as of the intellect.” 

    Washington Post Book Review

  • “There’s pathos and outrage enough to chip away at even the hardest of hearts.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2008 National Book Award Finalist
  • A 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  • A 2008 New York Times Book Review Book of the Year

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tina. | 1/28/2014

    " This is one of the best books I have read in years. I finished reading it last night and wanted to start reading it all over again. This book speaks to me on so many levels. It's a story of a Bosnian immigrant, a writer, living in the States with his American wife; it's a story about Sarajevo during the war and after; it's a story about Jewish (and other) immigrants living in Chicago at the beginning of the previous century; it's a murder mystery.... And it's written so damn well. I can' believe I haven't discovered Hemon till now; I want to read everything he has ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nathan Rostron | 1/20/2014

    " I saw Hemon read recently with Junot Diaz, who got a rock star reception at Central Park's Summer Stage. Hemon is not a rock star writer and garnered only polite applause. Unlike Diaz (in Oscar Wao, at any rate), Hemon's writing is not flashy or stylistically strutting somewhat awkwardly to allow for humongous cojones. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon writes with a syncopated English-language sensibility; it seems quiet but then it will sneak up on you and knock you flat. This one's definitely worth reading--my only complaint is that after the stunning first 40 pages the story plateaued and remained consistently interesting and well written and good, rather than continuing to ramp up into the stratosphere. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maryann Bell | 12/19/2013

    " It was average. I liked it enough to finish it, and the pictures at the beginning of every chapter were a nice touch. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jess | 11/15/2013

    " This one was a little disappointing. I kept waiting to be drawn into the present day character's story, and it never really happened. "

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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.