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The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon
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Aug 21, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended for: Choua
Read in August, 2008

This book is by a Serbian writer who has been living in Chicago since 1992. The author lived in Uptown and Andersonville -the two neighborhoods in Chicago that I grew up in.

The book begins in these neighborhoods, and then follows the main character on a trip across Eastern Europe - prague, vienna, budapest, etc.

I read the book on a train trip from Vienna to Budapest, as I was in the process of planning my upcoming trip to Prague. It was a somewhat strange experience, as the book seeemd to be following me along my trip from Chicago to these new cities...

So the book really resonated with me, not just because of the unlikely similarities between the story and my own adventures, but also because he is a really beautiful writer. The novel discusses the intricacies of establishing one's place in a country or city where one doesn't feel completely at home, when one no longer has another place that can truly be considered home either.
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Stela Rajic Serbian? Since when?

message 2: by Ivana (new)

Ivana Arandjelovic Really? Is that the only comment you have?

sova.postojnska He is from Sarajevo (Bosnia in Herzegovina) - in the context of understanding this novel the difference between Serbia and Bosnia is VERY important. Anyway, I love both countries and I love the novel - I just have to emphasise the difference ;)

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