The Book of My Lives by Aleksandar Hemon

The book of my livesAleksandar Hemon grew up in Sarajevo, and his remarkable book, a memoir in essays, is all the more remarkable because he learned English as an adult. He was visiting Chicago at the start of the war in Bosnia, and never again lived in his home country, though his love of Sarajevo is evident. The essays are full of humor and sadness; we experience Hemon’s searing losses as well as his love of family, dogs, chess and soccer. Our world is so torn with ethnic violence these days, and Hemon’s book reminds us of the anger and heartbreak of those who survive with the strength to go on.

Reviewed by Hopalong


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