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‘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.

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