Description - Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon
This is what we know about Jozef Pronek from reading of his exploits in The Question of Bruno: he is a young man from Sarajevo who arrived in the US in 1992, just in time to watch war break out back home on TV. Stranded in Chicago, he proved himself a charming and perceptive observer of - and participant in - American life. Now, with Nowhere Man, Pronek, accidental urban nomad, gets his own book. From the grand causes of Jozef's adolescence - principally, fighting to change the face of rock and roll and struggling to lose his virginity - up through a fleeting encounter with George Bush (the first) in Kiev, to enrolment in a Chicago English-language class and the glorious adventures of minimum-wage living, Pronek's experiences are at once touchingly familiar and bracingly out-of-the-ordinary. But the story of his life is not as simple as a series of global adventures. Pronek is continually haunted by an unseen observer, his movements chronicled by narrators with dubious motives - all of which culminates in a final episode that subverts many of our assumptions about Pronek's identity, while illustrating precisely what it means to be a Nowhere Man.
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Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 130mm x 17mm)
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
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Author Biography - Aleksandar Hemon
Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, The Lazarus Project (a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award) and a forthcoming collection of stories, Nowhere Man. Born in Sarajevo, Hemon arrived in Chicago in 1992, began writing in English in 1995, and his work now appears regularly in the New Yorker, Esquire, Granta, Paris Review and Best American Short Stories.
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