The Matters of Life, Death, and More: Writing on Soccer
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The Matters of Life, Death, and More: Writing on Soccer

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"Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that." —Bill Shankly, legendary Liverpool F.C. manager

As the world’s eyes turn to Brazil for the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup, Aleksandar Hemon reminds us of a sad fact: "an average life seldom contains more than twe...more
ebook, 96 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Will
A short Kindle-only collection of Hemon's essays on soccer, this was a great fast read to accompany the World Cup.

Hemon's prose, elsewhere on display tackling "more serious" issues in Nowhere Man and The Lazarus Project, is well-suited to both observations of "the beautiful game," and more straightforward coverage of its happenings.

"Jose Mourinho: The Evil Genius" was a great nonfiction account of one of the sport's most famous coaches, while "A Brief and Personal History of Bosnian Soccer" is p...more
Thom Bilous
I'm not one for writing reviews, usually. And this has a great deal to do with a clash in Football (Soccer, if you must) upbringings, but I just couldn't get through this book. Mr. Hemon writes well, but we just don't recall players, games, or events in the same way. Possibly I have England-tinted glasses on. Possibly he has some Anti-England Tinted glasses. Possibly, we're both pricks. But I just couldn't read this.
Milan
Great book about great game!
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Hemon graduated from the University of Sarajevo with a degree in literature in 1990. He moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1992 and found that he was unable to write in Bosnian and spoke little English.

In 1995, he started writing works in English and managed to showcase his work in prestigious magazines such as the New Yorker and Esquire. Finally in 2000, he published his first book of short stories (...more
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