Living through language

When exile was thrust upon him by the war in the former Yugoslavia, author Aleksandar Hemon came to realise that to find his new place in the world, he would first have to find his way around the English language.

30th August, 2008

When exile was thrust upon him by the war in the former Yugoslavia, author Aleksandar Hemon came to realise that to find his new place in the world, he would first have to find his way around the English language.

“A human face consists of other faces,” the writer-narrator of Aleksandar Hemon’s latest book, The Lazarus Project, observes. “. . . the faces you inherited or picked up along the way, or the ones you...

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