Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon


Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, Love and Obstacles, and The Book of My Lives. His most recent work is My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You. He has co-written screenplays for the Netflix original show Sense8 and the upcoming film The Matrix 4. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months; but while he was there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2004. Hemon teaches at Princeton University.

Buy Aleksandar Hemon’s latest book, My Parents: An Introduction / This Does Not Belong to You, on Amazon.

Events with Aleksandar Hemon

[CANCELED] Unsettled Histories

07 May 2020
7:00 pm-8:30 pm
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

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