There Is No Real Life

An interview with Aleksandar Hemon

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I first heard of Sasha Hemon from my old friend Tina, his sister, when I was living in Sarajevo in the 1990s. Sasha was just starting to publish versions of the stories that would become The Question of Bruno. When I came back to the US many years later, Colum McCann asked me to interview a writer for a class at Hunter. I was lucky to choose Hemon, who has ready answers for anything, and speaks in deliberate, sophisticated paragraphs. We talked about the politics of the US and the Balkans (this was before Trump), about selfhood, cognition, and other delusions.

There Is No Real Life

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