Aleksandar Hemon earned his reputation with his short
stories, and he returns to the form with a powerful book of linked
stories that stands with the award-winning novel The
Lazarus Project as the best work of his career.
the astonishingly creative prose and the haunting yet hilarious storytelling
that makes Hemon’s work so distinctive, the stories of Love and
Obstacles are united by their narrator,
a young man coming of age in communist-but-cosmopolitan Sarajevo who
will leave for the United States just as his city is torn asunder.
In Hemon's hands, seemingly mundane childhood experiences become
daring, dramatic adventures, while unique and wrenching circumstances
become common ground that involves us all.
Hemon is not simply recounting an immigrant’s autobiography.
Each story spins out in fabulist, exhilarating directions, yet still
builds to a dazzling and insightful, sometimes heartbreaking conclusion;
each story makes the world look new again. And as the stories grow
and Obstacles shows
itself to be as cohesive and impressive as any novel—and always
charming, and inviting, and achingly human.