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The Book of My Lives (Paperback): Aleksandar Hemon The Book of My Lives (Paperback)
Aleksandar Hemon
R369 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R54 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
Aleksandar Hemon's lives begin in Sarajevo, where boyhood is consumed by street soccer and sibling rivalry, and a young man's life is about American music, bad poetry, and slightly better journalism. At the age of twenty-seven, Hemon journeyed to Chicago--a trip that would mark the beginning of another life, this time in the United States. There, he watched from afar as war broke out in Bosnia, his parents and sister fleeing, and Hemon himself unable to return. Yet this, his first book of nonfiction, is much more than a memoir of these experiences. At once a love song to two cities and a paean to the bonds of family, The Book of My Lives is a singular work of passion, built on fierce intelligence, unspeakable tragedies, and sharp insight. Like the best narratives, it is a book that will leave you a different reader when you finish--and a different person, with a new way of looking at the world.

My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You (Paperback): Aleksandar Hemon My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You (Paperback)
Aleksandar Hemon 1
R330 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R46 (14%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Two magnificent memoirs by Aleksandar Hemon, presented together in a glorious single edition: together they make a major work from one of our major writers.

In My Parents, Aleksandar Hemon tells the story of his parents’ immigration to Canada – of the lives that were upended by the war in Bosnia and siege of Sarajevo, and the new lives his parents were forced to build. He portrays both the perfect, intimate details (his mother’s lonely upbringing, his father’s fanatical beekeeping) and a sweeping, heartbreaking history of his native country. It is a story full of many Hemons, of course – his parents, sister, uncles, cousins – and also of German occupying forces, Yugoslav partisans, royalist Serb collaborators, singing Ukrainians, and a few befuddled Canadians. My Parents is grounded in stories lovingly polished by retelling, but made thrilling and fresh in writing, summoning unexpected laughs in the midst of the heartbreaking narratives.

This Does Not Belong to You, meanwhile, is the exhilarating, freewheeling, unabashedly personal companion to My Parents – a perfect dose of Hemon at his most dazzling and untempered in a series of beautifully distilled memories and observations about his family, friends and childhood in Sarajevo, presented as explosive, hilarious, poignant miniatures.

Together these two books complement each other and form a major work from a major writer. Hemon has never been better than here and the moment has never been more ready for his voice, nor has the world ever been more in need of it.

Garden, Ashes (Paperback, 1st Dalkey Archive ed): Danilo Kis Garden, Ashes (Paperback, 1st Dalkey Archive ed)
Danilo Kis; Translated by William J Hannaher; Introduction by Aleksandar Hemon
R319 R271 Discovery Miles 2 710 Save R48 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Let us not mince words here: Danilo Kis's Garden, Ashes is an unmitigated masterpiece, surely not just one of the best books about the Holocaust, but one of the greatest books of the past century." Aleksandar Hemon, from the introduction

The Book of My Lives (Paperback, Main Market Ed.): Aleksandar Hemon The Book of My Lives (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)
Aleksandar Hemon 1
R257 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R46 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Aleksandar Hemon grew up in a blissful Sarajevo, where his childhood was consumed by football, his adolescence by friends, movies and girls and where, as a young man, he poked at the pretensions of his beloved city with American music, bad poetry, and slightly better journalism. And then at twenty-seven Hemon flew to Chicago for a month-long visit. A matter of weeks later Sarajevo was engulfed in an atrocious war and Hemon found himself an exile - he wouldn't return home for five years, and when he did, he found his city irrevocably changed.

Nowhere Man (Paperback, New ed): Aleksandar Hemon Nowhere Man (Paperback, New ed)
Aleksandar Hemon
R259 R214 Discovery Miles 2 140 Save R45 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'Aleksandar Hemon has established himself as that rare thing, an essential writer. Another small act of defiance against this narrowing world' Observer 'His language sings . . . I should not be surprised if Hemon wins the Nobel Prize at some point' Giles Foden In Aleksandar Hemon's electrifying first book, The Question of Bruno, Jozef Pronek left Sarajevo to visit Chicago in 1992, just in time to watch war break out at home on TV. Unable to return, he began to make his way in a foreign land and his adventures were unforgettable. Now Pronek, the accidental nomad, gets his own book, and startles us into yet more exhilarating ways of seeing the world anew. 'If the plot is mercury, quick and elusive, sentence by sentence and word for word, Aleksandar Hemon's writing is gold' Times Literary Supplement 'Downbeat but also hilarious, while the writing itself is astonishing' Time Out 'Hemon can't write a boring sentence, and the English language is the richer for it' New York Times 'Sheer exuberance, generosity and engagement with life' Sunday Times In Aleksandar Hemon's electrifying first book, The Question of Bruno, Jozef Pronek left Sarajevo to visit Chicago in 1992, just in time to watch war break out at home on TV. Unable to return, he began to make his way in a foreign land and his adventures were unforgettable. Now Pronek, the accidental nomad, gets his own book, and startles us into yet more exhilarating ways of seeing the world anew.

The Question of Bruno (Paperback, New Ed): Aleksandar Hemon The Question of Bruno (Paperback, New Ed)
Aleksandar Hemon
R256 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R47 (18%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This collection of stories about love, war, espionage and beekeeping is an elegy for the vanished Yugoslavia, and a journey through the intertwined history of a family and a nation.

Love and Obstacles (Paperback): Aleksandar Hemon Love and Obstacles (Paperback)
Aleksandar Hemon
R233 R211 Discovery Miles 2 110 Save R22 (9%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'A dream sequence of endlessly shifting memories of sex, disappointment, violence, migration and ambition in which identity - and the definition of a story itself - is in a traumatised, exhilarating state of flux' "Metro" The explosive perils of adolescence, a Communist yet cosmopolitan country that falls apart, and the overwhelming vertigo of a new life abroad: this is life in which love is only one of many obstacles. Linked by a young man finding his awkward way in the world, and shadowed by a sixth sense for the absurdities of experience, these restlessly inventive stories are shot through with deadpan humour and heartbreaking truth, found in the most surprising of places. 'A dazzling collection of stories, further cementing Hemon's position among the finest fiction writers working in English' "GQ" 'Hemon's style, muscular, original, lyrical yet anchored, irons out the lazy creases in language' "The Times" '"Love and Obstacles" presents itself as a collection of short stories, but in reality is something far stranger and richer. Infinitely vibrant and alive' "Financial Times"

Best European Fiction 2013 (Paperback, 2013 ed.): Aleksandar Hemon Best European Fiction 2013 (Paperback, 2013 ed.)
Aleksandar Hemon; Preface by John Banville
R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

2013 may be the best year yet for Best European Fiction. The inimitable John Banville joins the list of distinguished preface writers for Aleksandar Hemon's series, and A. S. Byatt represents England among a luminous cast of European contributors. Fans of the series will find everything they've grown to love, while new readers will discover what they've been missing!

Psalm 44 (Hardcover): Danilo Kis Psalm 44 (Hardcover)
Danilo Kis; Translated by John K. Cox; Preface by Aleksandar Hemon
R302 Discovery Miles 3 020 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Psalm 44" is the last major work of fiction by Danilo Kiš to be translated into English, and his only novel dealing explicitly with Auschwitz (where his own father died). Written when he was only twenty-five, before embarking on the masterpieces that would make him an integral figure in twentieth-century letters, Psalm 44 shows Kiš at his most lyrical and unguarded, demonstrating that even in "the place of dragons... covered with the shadow of death," there can still be poetry. Featuring characters based on actual inmates and warders -- including the abominable Dr. Mengele -- "Psalm 44" is a baring of many of the themes, patterns, and preoccupations Kiš would return to in future, albeit never with the same starkness or immediacy.

The Making of Zombie Wars (Paperback, Main Market Ed.): Aleksandar Hemon The Making of Zombie Wars (Paperback, Main Market Ed.)
Aleksandar Hemon 1
R236 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

'A raucous, hilarious book . . . deadly funny.' Chicago Magazine Script idea #142: Aliens undercover as cabbies abduct the fiancee of the main character, who has to find a way to a remote planet to save her. Title: Love Trek. Script idea #185: Teenager discovers his girlfriend's beloved grandfather was a guard in a Nazi death camp. The boy's grandparents are survivors, but he's tantalizingly close to achieving deflowerment, so when a Nazi-hunter arrives in town in pursuit of Grandpa, he has to distract him long enough to get laid. A riotous Holocaust comedy. Title: The Righteous Love. Script idea #196: Rock star high out of his mind freaks out during a show, runs offstage, and is lost in streets crowded with his hallucinations. The teenage fan who finds him keeps the rock star for himself for the night. Mishaps and adventures follow. This one could be a musical: Singin' in the Brain. Josh Levin is an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago. His laptop is full of ideas, but the only one to really take root is Zombie Wars. When Josh comes home to discover his landlord, an unhinged army vet, rifling through his dirty laundry, he decides to move in with his girlfriend, Kimmy. It's domestic bliss for a moment, but Josh becomes entangled with a student, a Bosnian woman named Ana, whose husband is jealous and violent. Disaster ensues, and as Josh's choices move from silly to profoundly absurd, Aleksandar Hemon's The Making of Zombie Wars takes on real consequence.

The Lazarus Project (Paperback): Aleksandar Hemon The Lazarus Project (Paperback)
Aleksandar Hemon
R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The only novel from MacArthur Genius Award winner, Aleksandar Hemon -- the National Book Critics Circle Award winning "The Lazarus Project."
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.
From the author of "The Book of My Lives."

Best European Fiction 2010 (Paperback, 2010 ed.): Aleksandar Hemon Best European Fiction 2010 (Paperback, 2010 ed.)
Aleksandar Hemon
R387 R345 Discovery Miles 3 450 Save R42 (11%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Historically, English-language readers have been great fans of European literature, and names like Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann are so familiar we hardly think of them as foreign at all. What those writers brought to English-language literature was a wide variety of new ideas, styles, and ways of seeing the world. Yet times have changed, and how much do we even know about the richly diverse literature being written in Europe today? Best European Fiction 2010 is the inaugural installment of what will become an annual anthology of stories from across Europe. Edited by acclaimed Bosnian novelist and MacArthur Genius-Award winner Aleksandar Hemon, and with dozens of editorial, media, and programming partners in the U.S., UK, and Europe, the Best European Fiction series will be a window onto what s happening right now in literary scenes throughout Europe, where the next Kafka, Flaubert, or Mann is waiting to be discovered. List of contributors Preface: Zadie Smith Introduction: Aleksandar Hemon Ornela Vorpsi (Albania): from The Country Where No One Ever Dies Antonio Fian (Austria): from While Sleeping Peter Terrin (Belgium: Dutch): from "The Murderer" Jean-Philippe Toussaint (Belgium: French): "Zidane's Melancholy" Igor Stiks (Bosnia): "At the Sarajevo Market" Georgi Gospodinov (Bulgaria): "And All Turned Moon" Neven Usumovic (Croatia): "Veres" Naja Marie Aidt (Denmark): "Bulbjerg" Elo Viiding (Estonia): "Foreign Women" Juhani Brander (Finland): from Extinction Christine Montalbetti (France): "Hotel Komaba Eminence" (with Haruki Murakami) George Konrad (Hungary): "Jeremiah's Terrible Tale" Steinar Bragi (Iceland): "The Sky Over Thingvellir" Julian Gough (Ireland: English): "The Orphan and the Mob" Ornani Choileain (Ireland: Irish): "Camino" Giulio Mozzi (AKA Carlo Dalcielo) (Italy): "Carlo Doesn't Know How to Read" Inga Abele (Latvia): "Ants and Bumblebees" Mathias Ospelt (Liechtenstein): "Deep In the Snow" Giedra Radvilaviciute (Lithuania): "The Allure of the Text" Goce Smilevski (Macedonia): "Fourteen Little Gustavs" Stephan Enter (Netherlands): "Resistance" Jon Fosse (Norway): "Waves of Stone" Michal Witkowski (Poland): "Didi" Valter Hugo Mae (Portugal): "dona malva and senhor jose ferreiro" Cosmin Manolache (Romania): "Three Hundred Cups" Victor Pelevin (Russia): "Friedmann Space" David Albahari (Serbia): "The Basilica in Lyon" Peter Kristufek (Slovakia): from The Prompter Andrej Blatnik (Slovenia): from You Do Understand? Julian Rios (Spain: Castilian): "Revelation on the Boulevard of Crime" Josep Fonalleras (Spain: Catalan): "Noir in Five Parts and an Epilogue" Peter Stamm (Switzerland): "Ice Moon" Deborah Levy (United Kingdom: England): from Swimming Home Alasdair Gray (United Kingdom: Scotland): "The Ballad of Ann Bonny" Penny Simpson (United Kingdom: Wales): "Indigo's Mermaid"

Como Se Hizo La Guerra de Los Zombis (Spanish, Paperback): Aleksandar Hemon Como Se Hizo La Guerra de Los Zombis (Spanish, Paperback)
Aleksandar Hemon
R601 Discovery Miles 6 010 Ships in 12 - 17 working days
The Tenants (Paperback): Bernard Malamud The Tenants (Paperback)
Bernard Malamud; Introduction by Aleksandar Hemon
R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Out of stock

With a new introduction by Aleksandar Hemon

In The Tenants (1971), Bernard Malamud brought his unerring sense of modern urban life to bear on the conflict between blacks and Jews then inflaming his native Brooklyn. The sole tenant in a rundown tenement, Henry Lesser is struggling to finish a novel, but his solitary pursuit of the sublime grows complicated when Willie Spearmint, a black writer ambivalent toward Jews, moves into the building. Henry and Willie are artistic rivals and unwilling neighbors, and their uneasy peace is disturbed by the presence of Willie's white girlfriend Irene and the landlord Levenspiel's attempts to evict both men and demolish the building. This novel's conflict, current then, is perennial now; it reveals the slippery nature of the human condition, and the human capacity for violence and undoing.

The Question of Bruno - Stories (Paperback, 1st Vintage International ed): Aleksandar Hemon The Question of Bruno - Stories (Paperback, 1st Vintage International ed)
Aleksandar Hemon
R317 Discovery Miles 3 170 Out of stock

In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force-the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander's-Aleksander Hemon writes of love and war, Sarajevo and America, with a skill and imagination that are breathtaking.

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 surefooted 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 new international writer.

Open City #13 (Paperback): Martha McPhee, Vince Passaro, Jack Walls, Rachel Wetzsteon, Aleksandar Hemon Open City #13 (Paperback)
Martha McPhee, Vince Passaro, Jack Walls, Rachel Wetzsteon, Aleksandar Hemon
R187 Discovery Miles 1 870 Out of stock

Open City features a dynamic mix of writers and undisprominent covered aspirants, as well as lost treasures from writers of past eras. Including fiction, essays, poetry, and art-work by an exciting range of talents, Open City has presented new works by Michael Cunningham, Deborah Garrison, Rick Moody, David Foster Wallace, Geoffrey O'Brien, and previously unpublished work by Delmore Schwartz, Richard Yates, and Edvard Munch. Praised in the pages of publications such as Harper's Bazaar, Library Journal, and The New York Times, Open City is today's most important literary journal.

Open City #13 includes fiction by Martha McPhee, an excerpt from Vince Passaro's long-awaited first novel, Jack Walls on his Chicago boyhood and the early days of the New York art scene, poetry by Rachel Wetzsteon, and Aleksandar Hemon on J. D. Salinger.

Nowhere Man (Paperback): Aleksandar Hemon Nowhere Man (Paperback)
Aleksandar Hemon
R311 Discovery Miles 3 110 Out of stock

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 more grave one 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.

The Lazarus Project (Paperback): Aleksandar Hemon The Lazarus Project (Paperback)
Aleksandar Hemon 1
R195 R168 Discovery Miles 1 680 Save R27 (14%) Out of stock

On 2 March 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, a young Russian Jewish immigrant to Chicago, tried to deliver a letter to the city's Chief of Police. He was shot dead. After the shooting, it was claimed he was an anarchist assassin and an agent of foreign operatives who wanted to bring the United States to its knees. His sister, Olga, was left alone and bereft in a city seething with tension. A century later, two friends become obsessed with the truth about Lazarus and decide to travel to his birthplace. As the stories intertwine, a world emerges in which everything and nothing has changed . . . 'Prose this powerful could wake the dead' "Observer" 'This is easily Hemon's best work to date, an intricately tessellated portrait of flight, emigration, and the meaning of home' "Evening Standard " " "

My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You (Hardcover): Aleksandar Hemon My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You (Hardcover)
Aleksandar Hemon 1
R572 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R31 (5%) Out of stock
The Question of Bruno (MP3 format, CD): Aleksandar Hemon The Question of Bruno (MP3 format, CD)
Aleksandar Hemon; Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle De Cuir, Vikas Adam
R548 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R35 (6%) Out of stock

In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander s Aleksander Hemon writes of love and war, Sarajevo and America, with a skill and imagination that are breathtaking.

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.

The Question of Bruno (Standard format, CD): Aleksandar Hemon The Question of Bruno (Standard format, CD)
Aleksandar Hemon; Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle De Cuir, Vikas Adam
R560 R524 Discovery Miles 5 240 Save R36 (6%) Out of stock

In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander s Aleksander Hemon writes of love and war, Sarajevo and America, with a skill and imagination that are breathtaking.

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.

Nowhere Man (Standard format, CD): Aleksandar Hemon Nowhere Man (Standard format, CD)
Aleksandar Hemon; Read by Stefan Rudnicki
R1,113 R1,007 Discovery Miles 10 070 Save R106 (10%) Out of stock
Nowhere Man (MP3 format, CD): Aleksandar Hemon Nowhere Man (MP3 format, CD)
Aleksandar Hemon; Read by Stefan Rudnicki
R549 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R36 (7%) Out of stock
The Question of Bruno (Standard format, CD): Aleksandar Hemon The Question of Bruno (Standard format, CD)
Aleksandar Hemon; Read by Stefan Rudnicki, Gabrielle De Cuir, Vikas Adam
R1,399 R1,255 Discovery Miles 12 550 Save R144 (10%) Out of stock

In this stylistically adventurous, brilliantly funny tour de force the most highly acclaimed debut since Nathan Englander s Aleksander Hemon writes of love and war, Sarajevo and America, with a skill and imagination that are breathtaking.

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.

The Making of Zombie Wars (Hardcover): Aleksandar Hemon The Making of Zombie Wars (Hardcover)
Aleksandar Hemon
R503 Discovery Miles 5 030 Out of stock
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