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Despatches from Sarajevo and Chicago.
on 29 August 2013
Aleksandar Hemon tells us that he is compelled to write fiction but is a reluctant memoirist. Perhaps he didn't enjoy writing this book but you'd never know from reading it.
His keen eye for what's really important in life shines through these chapters as he recalls his Sarajevo upbringing in a loving family in the 1980s, the ominous sparks of the firestorm to come in 1992 and his unintended but extremely fortuitous relocation to Chicago just before the siege. Will the mighty, sprawling 'windy city' ever be able to replace the cosy familiarity of his old town neighbourhood?
I just love this guy's writing. Smart, engaging and immensely appealing, it's full of soul yet leavened with humour. But when I read the final chapter, I understood why he didn't want to write non-fiction.