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The Question of Bruno

By Aleksandar Hemon, 1964-

The Question of Bruno is a novella and stories that are linked by characters, by locations, by interwoven substories, and by a literary voice so strong and sensitive that no matter how many guises it adopts, the stories cannot help but gather momentum and join together as a powerfully inventive whole.

Set in Chicago and Sarajevo, it is a book about the trauma of war, about how an exile makes a new life in a new land.  But above all it is a work of impressive range, stunning accomplishment, and deep humor. In the novella "Blind Jozef Pronek and Dead Souls," a young Sarajevan travels to the United States and decides to stay when he sees war break out at home on CNN--he goes on to experience a starkly contemporary version of  "coming to America." In "The Sorge Spy Ring," a young boy in communist Yugoslavia becomes convinced his father is a spy because of the strange toys he brings back from Moscow.

Whether Hemon is writing of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand or of a family trip to the beach, of an immigrant in the United States fired from a sandwich shop for an inability to distinguish between romaine and iceberg lettuce, or of the art of dodging sniper fire in a modern city under siege, he is both painfully funny and heartbreakingly sad. He writes with a wit, freshness, and true originality that prove him one of the most talented and skilled writers of his generation.

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Format: Book
Author: Hemon, Aleksandar, 1964-
Title: The question of Bruno / Aleksandar Hemon.
Publisher Date: New York : Nan A. Talese, c2000.
Subject: Bosnian Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Fiction. Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction. Chicago (Ill.) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Isbn: 038549923X
Current Holds: 0
System Items Available: 1
System Items Total: 1
Call Number: F Hemon
Oclc: 42863109
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Bib Id: 150993

Format: Book
Author: Hemon, Aleksandar, 1964-
Title: The question of Bruno / Aleksandar Hemon.
Publisher, Date: New York : Nan A. Talese, c2000.
Description: 230 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Bosnian Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago -- Fiction.
Subjects: Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Subjects: Chicago (Ill.) -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
Contents: Islands -- The life and work of Alphonse Kauders -- The Sorge spy ring -- The accordion -- Exchange of pleasant words -- A coin -- Blind Josef Pronek & dead souls -- Imitation of life.
LCCN: 99057519
ISBN: 038549923X
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 1
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: F Hemon