Aleksandar Hemon speaks at Loyola University tonight, Walter Roth’s book.

Aleksandar Hemon speaks about his novel The Lazarus Project tonight at Loyola University's library.

 

Aleksandar Hemon can make a lot of other writers want their mommies.

The story of his arrival of the Bosnian native to the United States shortly before war broke out in his homeland is the stuff of legend.

Having a tourist’s version of English when he set foot in America, Hemon set out first to master the language, and then to write for top-flight publications within five years.

He met both goals with a year to spare.

Hemon will be talking tonight at Loyola University’s library about The Lazarus Project, to date his only novel of the four books he has written.

Dunreith and our dear friend, Holocaust survivor, artist, poet and general life inspiration Ava Kadishshon Schieber will be in attendance.

I’ve written before about The Lazarus Project, which intertwines the stories of the early 20th century murder of Lazarus Averbuch by the head of the Chicago Police Department and the quest 100 years later of a Bosnian immigrant writer and his photographer best friend to understand what happened.

While many people may be familiar with Hemon’s work, fewer may know about Walter Roth’s The Accidental Anarchist, a book on which Hemon drew heavily during the writing of the novel.  I had the privilege to meet Roth, whose readable account provides useful background information for Hemon’s work, at a meeting to which Ava invited me of people who had been hidden children during World War II.

At an event last year for his friend Velibor Bozovic, whose black and white pictures run throughout the book, Hemon talked about a trip he and Bozovic took to Eastern Europe before writing the book to understand how the two main characters would experience different moments.

It may sound fantastical, and some may look at the novel’s characters and dispute Hemon’s claims that his protagonists are characters are characters and nothing more.  But in either case, I hope those conversations come after reading his book.  You can’t help but learn from one of this generation’s leading fiction writers; spending time with Roth’s work helps deepen one’s understanding.

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4 responses to “Aleksandar Hemon speaks at Loyola University tonight, Walter Roth’s book.

  1. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    look:
    http://aleksandarhemon.com/lazarus/#

    or even this rising one from the east on he pyramid: http://aleksandarhemon.com/nowhereman/intro.html

    look look look then go here and relook:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Horus

    then go here:
    http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/eye.html

    when will you UNDERSTAND TO STAY UNDER to be able to understand what is going on in this world since 10.000 years. accept that it is a possibility you don ‘t know nor understand nothing never???? even you have a great opinion of yourself reader…but it’s you.

    will you someday somehow stop writing just to fill blank pages and learn something??????

    aleksandar!
    BS FOR BlackSun but it s really turning the second meaning, the one you know… BS.

    can you pause , and imagine for one single minute you all you know is wrong and start to dig and learn? do you this capability man?
    now it’s coming, a thousand point of lights, the dawn of of new day
    this RA priest he s not going to restore you to life , i’m telling you lazarus; you are not part of it with the brilliant mind you are showing.

    can you see a mountain if you stand on it?
    NO
    you must go down then walk until you finally can see the mountain you were on.
    and the mountain you are on is HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE and you are smaaaaaaaaaall.

    ARE YOU GONNA WAKE UP AND UNDERSTAND TERMS SYMBOLS AND WORDS?????????? OR KEEP PUTTING WORDS BECAUSE IT S NICE FOR YOU.

    what time is it?
    what is money?
    are you a traveller?

    Loyola???? Lazarus??? Alexander??? Wedjat???

    ho brothers i m gonna break my oaths, im tired of seing these dead things salves all over. it s gone too far.

  2. BS 4 BlackSUN AS

    look:
    http://aleksandarhemon.com/lazarus/#

    or even this rising one from the east on he pyramid: http://aleksandarhemon.com/nowhereman/intro.html

    look look look then go here and relook:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Horus

    then go here:
    http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/eye.html

    when will you UNDERSTAND TO STAY UNDER to be able to understand what is going on in this world since 10.000 years. accept that it is a possibility you don ‘t know nor understand nothing never???? even you have a great opinion of yourself reader…but it’s you.

    will you someday somehow stop writing just to fill blank pages and learn something??????

    aleksandar!
    BS FOR BlackSun but it s really turning the second meaning, the one you know… BS.

    can you pause , and imagine for one single minute you all you know is wrong and start to dig and learn? do you this capability man?
    now it’s coming, a thousand point of lights, the dawn of of new day
    this RA priest he s not going to restore you to life , i’m telling you lazarus; you are not part of it with the brilliant mind you are showing.

    can you see a mountain if you stand on it?
    NO
    you must go down then walk until you finally can see the mountain you were on.
    and the mountain you are on is HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE and you are smaaaaaaaaaall.

    ARE YOU GONNA WAKE UP AND UNDERSTAND TERMS SYMBOLS AND WORDS?????????? OR KEEP PUTTING WORDS BECAUSE IT S NICE FOR YOU.

    what time is it?
    what is money?
    are you a traveller?

    Loyola???? Lazarus??? Alexander??? Wedjat???

    ho brothers i m gonna break my oaths, im tired of seing these dead things salves all over. it s gone too far.

  3. Well thats sounds good, even i wanted to read this book and i was waiting for the review so. I think i m now not gonna read it as i wasn’t expecting this book like this.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks for your comment. I hear you and respect your decision, and I hope that you consider giving the book a chance.

      Jeff

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