You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Book review

‘The Book of My Lives’ by Aleksandar Hemon

“I write fiction because I cannot not do it, but I have to be pressed into writing nonfiction,” Aleksandar Hemon announces at the start of this collection of autobiographical pieces published in magazines over the past decade.

True, none comes close to those in the magnificent “The Question of Bruno” that launched him; and some, though well written, have an indolent quality: pressed, indeed, more than expressed. Yet even here a passage rises and bites; Hemon the exiled Bosnian is never far from gravity, or should we say anti-gravity: It lifts him.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week