The Book of My Lives

The Book of My Lives

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The Book of My Lives

Aleksandar Hemon's lives begin in Sarajevo, a small, blissful city where a young boy's life is consumed with street soccer with the neighborhood kids, resentment of his younger sister, and trips abroad with his engineer-cum-beekeeper father. Here, a young man's life is about poking at the pretensions of the city's elders with American music, bad poetry, and slightly better journalism. And then, his life in Chicago: watching from afar as war breaks out in Sarajevo… (more)

Editorial reviews (8 reviews)

Still, the way these essays are collected is frustrating. All but one of them have been published somewhere else and they have not been reworked with enough care.

The Book of My Lives is a thoughtfully humorous and profoundly sad memoir-cum-collection of essays that explores Hemon's first life, growing up in the lively cultural atmosphere of Sarajevo before the onset of the war in Bosnia, and his second life as a sort of accidental exile in America, where he was effectively trapped in 1992 when the war broke out.

How one young man from Sarajevo found his place and his voice in America and evolved a language in which to make sense both of what he’d left behind and what he embraced in his new life.

Book Details  

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 18, 2013)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 224 pages

Protection: DRM

Language: English

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