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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1964 in Sarajevo, Bosnia


Illinois Connection

Hemon moved to Chicago in 1992 and still lives there today. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Aleksander (Sasha) Hemon is the author of ''The Lazarus Project'', which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, and three collections of short stories: ''The Question of Bruno;'', ''Nowhere Man'' which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and ''Love and Obstacles''. He also edited ''Best European Fiction 2010''.Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- He has won many awards including the National Magazine Award for Fiction from the ''New Yorker'', the St. Francis College Literary Prize, and he was awarded the "genius" grant from the MacArthur foundation and a Guggenheim fellowship. He also received the John C Zacharis First Book Award from Ploughshares.


-- '''''The Question of Bruno''''' -- *BEST BOOKS OF 2000

-- *Notable Book, New York Times Book Review

-- *Ten Best Books of the Year, Esquire

-- *25 Favorite Books of the Year, Village Voice

-- *Best Book of 2000, Los Angeles Times

-- *Washington Post Book World "Rave"


-- '''''Nowhere Man''''' -- *Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly


-- '''''The Lazarus Project''''' -- *Finalist, National Book Award, 2008

-- *Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly


-- '''''Love and Obstacles''''' -- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly


-- '''''The Book of My Lives''''' -- *Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Award