NABOKV-L post 0017027, Mon, 8 Sep 2008 18:38:53 -0400

If Nabokov managed to make love with the English language ...
Eleanor Wachtel speaks with Aleksandar Hemon, the acclaimed author of Nowhere Man
Posted by Words At Large Admin on September 08 at 12:00 AM

Fiction writer Aleksandar Hemon is fascinated by spies and the notion of leading a double life. Perhaps that’s partly because in a sense he’s had to reinvent himself.

At 28, Hemon found himself stranded as a tourist in Chicago when his hometown of Sarajevo came under siege in 1992. Determined to continue his profession as a writer, Hemon taught himself English within three years of living in America; he published his first story in his adopted tongue in 1995. His writing has since prompted comparisons with Vladimir Nabokov, to which Hemon has said: “If Nabokov managed to make love with the English language, I’m happy with heavy petting.”

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First aired September 7, 2008 on Writers & Company. [runs 52:25]

Writers & Company airs on Thursdays at 11:00 p.m. (11:30 in Newfoundland) and on Sunday afternoons (times vary across the country). You can also listen to the show as a podcast.

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