In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de
force—the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander’s—Aleksandar Hemon
writes of love and war, Sarajevo and America, with a skill and imagination that
A love affair is experienced in the blink of an eye as
the Archduke Ferdinand watches his wife succumb to an assassin’s bullet. An
exiled writer, working in a sandwich shop in Chicago, adjusts to the
absurdities of his life. Love letters from war-torn Sarajevo navigate the art
of getting from point A to point B without being shot. With a sure-footed sense
of detail and life-saving humor, Aleksandar Hemon examines the overwhelming
events of history and the effect they have on individual lives. These heartrending
stories bear the unmistakable mark of an important international writer.
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