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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


The Lazarus ProjectFiction writer Aleksandar Hemon is fascinated by spies and the notion of leading a double life. Perhaps thats partly because in a sense hes 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, Im happy with heavy petting.
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First aired September 7, 2008 on Writers & Company. [runs 52:25]
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