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Aleksandar Hemon

Lazarus Project, The

Aleksandar Hemon Lazarus Project The
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On March 2, 1908, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin.

A century later, a young Eastern European writer in Chicago named Brik becomes obsessed with Lazarus's story. Brik enlists his friend Rora-a war photographer from Sarajevo-to join him in retracing Averbuch's path.

Through a history of pogroms and poverty, and a prism of a present-day landscape of cheap mafiosi and even cheaper prostitutes, the stories of Averbuch and Brik become inextricably intertwined, creating a truly original, provocative, and entertaining novel that confirms Aleksandar Hemon as one of the most dynamic and essential literary voices of our time.

""A masterful new novel. . . Ingenious. . .Hemon is as much a writer of the senses as of the intellect.""
-Washington Post Book Review

""Incandescent. When your eyes close, the power of this novel, of Hemon's colossal talent, remains.""
-Junot Dfaz, author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

""Hemon is immensely talented-a natural storyteller and a poet, a maker of amazing, gorgeous sentences in what is his second language.""
-Los Angeles Times Book Review

""Remarkable, and remarkably entertaining."" -The New York Times Book Review ""A physical, historical, and pre-eminently psychological journey.""
-San Francisco Chronicle

""Stunning...[a] vivid novel...wildly palpably real.""
-Boston Globe

""A measured, clear spotlight of injustice, made all the more eloquent by the prickly humor of the author.""
-Los Angeles Times

""Hemon's writing sometimes reminds one of Nabokov's...yet the feat of his reinvention exceeds the Russian's.""
-James Wood, The New Yorker

""A profoundly moving novel...A literary page-turner that combines narrative momentum with meditations on identity and mortality.""
-Kirkus Reviews.

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