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The World and All That It Holds

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

“The World and All That It Holds would be an audacious title for a book by anybody except God–or Aleksandar Hemon. . . From start to finish, no matter what else he’s up to, Hemon is telling a tale about the resilience of true love.” —RON CHARLES, The Washington Post. The World and All That It Holds—in all its hilarious, heartbreaking, erotic, philosophical glory—showcases Aleksandar Hemon’s celebrated talent at its pinnacle. It is a grand, tender, sweeping story that spans decades and continents. It cements Hemon as one of the boldest voices in fiction.

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Aleksandar
Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and three books of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. He was the recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, and the 2020 Dos Passos Prize. He lives in Chicago.

Photo Credit: Velibor Bozovic

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, and three books of short stories: The Question of Bruno; Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Love and Obstacles. He was the recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, and the 2020 Dos Passos Prize. He lives in Chicago.

Photo Credit: Velibor Bozovic

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This masterpiece engrossingly tells the touching love story between Pinto and Osman, who meet in the Austro-Hungarian army during the First World War. Multilingual and polyphonic, the novel also takes us through the history of the 20th century, from Sarajevo to Tashkent, Shanghai and Jerusalem. Our library system has a branch library specialized in Eastern European Studies. (University Library of Berne). This epic historical novel takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through time and space, offering a profound exploration of identity, love, language, and the enduring impact of war and displacement on ordinary lives. Set against the backdrop of pre-World War I Sarajevo, the novel vividly captures the multicultural tapestry of the city and its people, delving into the delicate and taboo topic of homosexual love of that era. Hemon’s rich prose skillfully navigates through the complexities of human emotions and relationships. The novel’s non-linear narrative, interspersed with memories, hallucinations, and fables, invites readers to engage in an intellectual and emotional journey, one that demands introspection and contemplation. (Ljubljana City Library)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
24/01/2023
Country
Bosnia, United States
Original Language
English
Publisher
Farrar
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