Aleksandar Hemon: The Book of My Lives

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book.jpgIn The Book of My Lives (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) Aleksandar Hemon takes us though his life from his childhood in Sarajevo to the death of his young daughter -- from the public tragedy of warfare to the private catastrophe of the loss of his child. He discusses the lessons he's learned about literature: the fallacy that it is ennobling, as well as his gradual understanding that the storytelling need makes no distinction between fiction and non-fiction. Ultimately, what Hemon seeks from literature is the sense of community he felt in Bosnia, where there is no word for "private."

Read an excerpt from The Book of My Lives.


Michael Silverblatt

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