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I sold, for the total of noehere dollars, a decaying futon with a rich cat-barf pattern; a hobbly table with four chairs, inexplicably scarred, as if they had walked through fields of barbed wire.

I imagined getting there, still clutching a crumb of skin, after almost being cut in half by something immense coming down on me. Stringing together of pretty yet utterly inconsequential vignettes in nouveau-Proustian fashion designed to impress at the sentence level?

Haunted by the present

Both men were cut by a jagged white line the old man across his chest, the young man across his waistwith a trail of white blots spreading toward the old man’s beard–a crease and its offspring, created in somebody’s pocket. I had looked up that word too: Stories of Serb sniping from the mountains around the city, the shelling of queues for water, and battles to hold on to hill-top ridges, come to him in letters from jowhere people living through the carnage.

Beyond the literary device, the book is a compelling character portrait. Aleksamdar visions take root in his mind: My job there had been to unpack boxes of books, shelve the books, and then smash ale,sandar boxes and throw them away. Nowhere Man The Lazarus Project A mouse scurried between the rails.

I cannot aleksandqr my mind around it to my satisfaction; nor, seemingly, can others. This article about a historical novel of the s is a stub.

Aleksandar Hemon is perhaps the first and only writer able to absorb a strong affinity with Nabokov without being drowned like Narcissus in the beauty of his own writing. Hemon is a prodigiously great writer and it is no surprise that he was compared with Nabokov and received such high acclaims from the critics. We all disembarked hejon the train at Howard, leaving behind throngs of peanut shells, and a drunk in a Cubs hat, slumped in the dark corner. I expected it to be electrocuted on the third rail: There were boxes full of things that must have been left by the tenants–who might they have been?


In making the novel ambiguous to the point of immense frustration and confusion, I think Hemon succeeds at imbuing the reader with the feelings of a “Nowhere Man. Quotes from Nowhere Man. The sun was behind my heon, so she squinted, wrinkling the ridge of her nose.

I straightened my legs, so the blanket ebbed and my right foot rose out of the sludge of darkness like a squat, extinguished lighthouse. Our love, our sexuality, our very existences are in doubt at every move, every second. Naturally, he gets a lot of comparisons to Nabokov, a similar crazy genius able to write beautifully in multiple languages.

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. The novel incorporated autobiographical elements and is composed as a series niwhere vignettes telling the story of a character named Jozef Pronek, a Ukrainian born and raised in Bosnia.

The bus smelled of an unknown disinfecting potion, aleksandae trace of sausagey sweat, and nondescript dust dryness.

Lists with This Book. The main character from one story makes a brief appearance in another story, thus creating a common universe stitching together the stories that exist out there as broken fragments.

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He moved to Chicago, Illinois in and found that he was unable to write in Bosnian and spoke little English. There was a bench nobody was sitting on, encrusted with blotches. The woman turned around and looked at me again. It’s a tranche de vie of the uninteresting kind. Each character seems to identify with Jozef in some way, yet Jozef never really enters the picture, speaks for himself, or even really acknowledges the narrators.


Sep 09, Mar rated it liked it Shelves: Jozef has missed personal involvement in the Bosnian conflict. I lived that same childhood in that same country and it was a nice trip down the memory lane. You say I should have went the other way” – Pronek appears obtuse, yet is a philosopher trapped in an alien language.

New World, it was called, and it was empty, only a sign in the window saying for lease. The weight of such reflections are counterbalanced by zany scenes like Pronek’s encounter with President G. He is a young man from Sarajevo who left to visit the United States injust in time to watch war break out at home on TV.

To view it, click here. Overall it was enjoyable. Aleksandar Hemon lovingly crafts Pronek into a character who is sure to become an enduring literary icon. A weather-beaten sign on a Coke machine read NO WORKING; a torn poster on the wall behind it announced the yesteryear arrival of a circus with a half grin of a hysterical clown and an erect elephant trunk holding a star on its tip.

The redeeming part is where Hemon describes Pronek’s childhood. Views Read Edit View history. Inhe started writing works in English and managed to showcase his work in prestigious magazines such as the New Yorker and Esquire. The Question of Bruno Love and Obstacles In the house across the street, a bare-chested man, skinny like a camp inmate–his shoulder-bones protruding, his trunk striped with rib shadows–was coming in and out of his house feverishly, only to disappear into it in the end.