Aleksandar Hemon

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Two Riverhead authors win 2011 PEN literary awards

Congratulations to Danielle Evans and Aleksandar Hemon for their PEN awards! The prize for a debut work of fiction will be split between Danielle, for her novel Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self and Susanna Daniel. Aleksandar received the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award for a Fiction Writer in Mid-Career, given to “an author who has published at least three significant works of literary fiction.” Read the full list of winners here.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Aleksandar Hemon and Colum McCann get into it

Aleksandar Hemon and Colum McCann discuss each others' novels, writing, and New York City, among many other things, for The Believer. Read what these extraordinary writers have to say to each other.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Riverhead continues sweep of best books of ‘09 lists

Riverhead has made an appearance on many of the Best Books of 2009 lists, from The New York Times to The New Yorker, and the accolades keep rolling in. The Cleveland Plain Dealer picked The Book of Night Women as one of the 20 Best Books of 2009. Largehearted Boy named Cristina Henríquez’s The World in Half a Favorite Novel of 2009. Salon picked Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger. Love and Obstacles was chosed by the Kansas City Star. The Boston Globe selected Walter Mosley’s The Long Fall. The Christian Science Monitor picked Barbara Bradley Hagerty's Fingerprints of God and David Owen's Green Metropolis. Alan Beattie's False Economy is an 800 CEO Read Best Business Book of 2009.Plus, the San Francisco Chronicle names Bernardine Evaristo’s Blonde Roots and Aleksandar Hemon’s Love and Obstacles as two of the Best Books of 2009.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Aleksandar Hemon talks soccer

The Global Game discusses Aleksandar Hemon's essay for Granta's Chicago issue, “If God Existed, He’d Be a Solid Midfielder,” and talks to the writer about the glorious game of soccer, as well as his most recent collection of stories, Love and Obstacles. See what Hemon has to say about soccer in Chicago versus Sarajevo.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Riverhead books on Amazon's Best of 2009 List

The “Best of 2009” lists are starting to pop up and five Riverhead books made Amazon’s list: Nick Hornby’s Juliet, Naked, Maile Meloy’s Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, David Owen’s Green Metropolis, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Informers (which landed in the top ten!) Plus, Aleksandar Hemon's Love and Obstacles made the top ten for short stories. Check out the full list here.

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Five Riverhead Books are among the New York Times' 100 Notable Book of 2009

Five Riverhead books landed on The New York Times' 100 Notable Book of 2009: John Farmer’s The Ground Truth, Aleksandar Hemon’s Love and Obstacles, Steven Johnson's The Invention of Air, Maile Meloy's Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It, and Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger. Plus, Walter Mosley's The Long Fall made the Notable Crime Books of 2009 list.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

The Globe and Mail on Aleksandar Hemon's Love and Obstacles

"Remarkable...[Love and Obstacles] catalogues Hemon's virtues as a writer: his ability to straddle two distinct cultures, to twist stories in unexpected directions, to find startling uses for the English language…Hemon is a superbly original stylist. As with Conrad and, at times, Nabokov, his late arrival to the English language seems to have endowed him with an ability to conjure surprisingly beautiful phrases." More...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Babbling Bibliophile on Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project

"I was equally struck by this beautiful novel's simultaneously incredible humor and incredible sadness…Hemon's novel shows the author as a master craftsman, truly worthy of his 2004 MacArthur "genius grant." He's able to subtly interweave questions about religion, xenophobia, family, and partnership in such a way that none of it seems trite or heavy-handed, but so that it all fits together seamlessly. The humor and the pain are so carefully blended that they never clash but rather serve as each other's perfect complements. Though Brik may have trouble telling his own story, Hemon has obviously found his voice." More...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Aleksandar Hemon for Slate on Nabokov's The Original of Laura

Aleksandar Hemon, often compared to Nabokov himself, discusses the master's highly anticipated The Original of Laura for Slate. Hemon says the controversial work is "far from being a grocery list, but it is just as far from being a novel," and believes that Nabokov would not be pleased with this posthumous publication: "Not only does it go against his expressed wishes, it goes against his very aesthetic sensibility, against his entire life as an artist." Read the full article here.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Riverhead Books longlisted for the 2010 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Five Riverhead books made the cut for the very longlist of the 2010 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award: Daina Chaviano’s The Island of Eternal Love, Bernardine Evaristo’s Blonde Roots, Steven Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo, Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project, and Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s The Informers. Nominations for the award are made by libraries in major cities from all over the world.

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