Born in Sarajevo, Aleksandar Hemon visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a matter of months. While he was there, the Bosnian war began and he was unable to return home. This is the story of what happened before and after.

The Book of My Lives is a love song to both his birthplace and to his adopted city. It's an aria for our times and a paean to the bonds of family.

'Hemon's work crackles with so much humour and irony, so much compassion and humanity, that The Book of My Lives' true calling almost goes by unnoticed. It is, without doubt, the most necessary, intimate and heart-breaking portrait of a world lost to one of history's darkest conflicts.' Téa Obreht, author of The Tiger's Wife

'Prose this powerful could wake the dead.' The Observer

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