Love and Obstacles

Love and Obstacles

by Aleksandar Hemon

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From the celebrated author of the bestselling Lazarus Project "a dazzling collection of stories ... further cementing [Hemon's] position among the finest fiction writers working in English" (GQ).

The stories of Aleksandar Hemon's Love and Obstacles are united by their narrator, a young man coming of age in Communist-but-cosmopolitan Sarajevo who will leave for the United States just as his city is torn asunder. In Hemon's hands, seemingly mundane childhood experiences become daring, dramatic adventures, while unique and wrenching circumstances become a common ground that involves us all. As cohesive and impressive as any novel, the short story collection Love and Obstacles stands with the National Book Award finalist The Lazarus Project as the best work of this MacArthur Genius Award winner's career.

From the author of The Book of My Lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101032848
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/14/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 220 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, Love and Obstacles, The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man and The Book of My Lives. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Genius Award, the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature, the PEN/W. G. Sebald Award, and, most recently, a 2012 USA Fellowship. He lives in Chicago.

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"Bosnian-born Hemon (The Lazarus Project) again beautifully twists the language in this collection of eight powerful and disquieting stories. The 1992 Bosnian war colors in the background of all the tales, whose settings range from Africa to Chicago and Sarajevo. Arranged chronologically, all but one feature a Hemon-like narrator named Bogdan, first met as a surly teenager during his diplomat father's assignment in Zaire, where he's happily corrupted by a degenerate American espionage agent. In each successive story, Bogdan recalls the surreal and salient experiences of his life: his youth with his ironically depicted family; his early determination to be a poet, his accidental sojourn in America, where he was caught after the commencement of hostilities in Bosnia; and his return to a "cesspool of insignificant, drizzly suffering," where he has a transformative night interviewing a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Hemon arranges words like gems in a necklace. A necktie is "stretched across the chair seat, like a severed tendon"; a car is "stickered with someone else's thought"; a character's teeth are "like organ pipes." Writing with steely control and an antic eye, Hemon has assembled another extraordinary work."-Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

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Love and Obstacles 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best contemporary writers alive. His best book.
edparks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent collection of stories. Aleksandar Hemon is one of the best young writers of this era. He is similar to Nabokov, in that he writes in English while it is not his native language. Yet, I believe his talent is superior to Nabokov. The best stories are--The Noble Truths of Suffering, Everything, The Conductor, Good Living.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a fellow Bosnian, the descriptions of Bosnia after the war were spot-on. This is a very real book. There is a lot of foul language and explicit content but this is just how he happens to think and write. Other than the language, it was very easy to read and almost impossible to put down. 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Should not read, boring and offensive!!! Bad sexual content, foul language, drug abuse and violence!!!