Aleksandar Hemon
Fiction Writer
Chicago, IL
2012 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Helen Zell.

Known primarily as a fiction writer, Aleksandar Hemon has, since 1993, lived in the U.S., where he became stranded during the outbreak of the Bosnian war while visiting from his native Sarajevo. He writes about displacement and exile, mixing autobiography and fiction. Hemon has published two novels and two collections of short stories. His first novel, Nowhere Man (2002), was shortlisted for a National Book Critics Circle Award. His second novel, The Lazarus Project (2008), was a finalist for the National Book Award. Hemon has received numerous honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004.

Portrait photo courtesy┬áVelibor Bo┼żovic.
  • Artwork by Aleksandar Hemon
    The Lazarus Project, 2008; Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Artwork by Aleksandar Hemon