Uprisings from the Past
Hemon's novel moves from old Chicago to the siege of Sarajevo
The Lazarus Project
by Aleksandar Hemon
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Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project opens in Chicago in 1908, when a young Jewish immigrant called Lazarus Averbuch, an alleged anarchist and follower of Emma Goldman, enters the home of the chief of police and is shot dead. The narrator is Vladimir Brik, a Bosnian-American writer, and the spine of the story is his quest, almost a hundred years later, to unearth the truth about the death of Averbuch.
But truth is relentlessly problematic in Hemon's work. His first book, a collection called The Question of Bruno (2000), concludes with the story "Imitation of Life." Its subject, one to which Hemon often returns with a kind of sardonic nostalgia, is childhood in Sarajevo. At the end of the tale, the narrator remembers as a boy awakening one morning and seeing flags with swastikas flapping outside his window. He
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