Nowhere Man, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


'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".


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I finished this over a week ago but hadn't had a chance to write about it.I probably should have read Hemon's Question of Bruno first but I found this one at City Books and not the other. Well, basically, his book could have been five/five stars if he had just ended it earlier. It seems strange but (without giving away too much) the second to last chapter is intense, challenging, and honest. It is s confrontation which is successful in getting the characters and the reader to be really engaged in what is happening and would have made for an uneasy but still more satisfying conclusion. Instead, Hemon wraps up some of the characters in a completely different setting and time period in a way that feels disjointed and completely disconnected from anything else earlier in the book. In a way, it's probably best to just consider the last chapter to be some add on short story not in connection with the rest imo...though perhaps that is just me.

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