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Aleksandar Hemon
 
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Country: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Born: 9 September 1964
 

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Aleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian-American fiction writer. He is the winner of a MacArthur. Hemon was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then Yugoslavia, to a father of partial Ukrainian and Bosnian descent and a Bosnian mother. Hemon"s great-grandfather, Teodor Hemon, came to Bosnia from Western Ukraine prior to World War I, when both countries were a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Hemon graduated from the University of Sarajevo and was a published writer in former Yugoslavia by the time he was 26.
Since 1992 he has lived in the United States, where he found himself as a tourist and became stranded at the outbreak of the war in Bosnia. In the U.S. he worked as a Greenpeace canvasser, sandwich assembly-line worker, bike messenger, graduate student in English literature, bookstore salesperson, and ESL teacher.
He has written four acclaimed books: Love and Obstacles: Stories, The Lazarus Project: A Novel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Awards, and was named as a New York Times Notable Book and New York magazine"s No. 1 Book of the Year. Nowhere Man, also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and The Question of Bruno: Stories. He frequently publishes in The New Yorker, and has also written for Esquire, The Paris Review, the Op-Ed page of the New York Times, and the Sarajevo magazine BH Dani.
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