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Hemon, Aleksandar. LOVE AND OBSTACLES. New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2009. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 210 pages. As New/As New.

The author's second collection of short stories. One of the most important literary events of the year 2009. Advance Signed Copy. Removable "Autographed Copy" red sticker pasted on the front DJ cover. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presents Aleksandar Hemon's most autobiographical work. "Beautifully twists the English language in this collection of eight powerful and disquieting stories. Arranged chronologically, all but one feature a Hemon-like narrator named Bogdan, first met as a surly teenager during his diplomat father's assignment in Zaire, where he is happily corrupted by a degenerate American espionage agent. In each successive story, Bogdan recalls the surreal and salient experiences of his life: His youth with his ironically depicted family; his early determination to be a poet; his accidental sojourn in America, where he was caught after the commencement of hostilities in Bosnia; and his return to a cesspool of insignificant, drizzly suffering, where he has a transformative night interviewing a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. Hemon arranges words like gems in a necklace: A necktie is stretched across the chair seat like a severed tendon; a car is stickered with someone else's thought; a character's teeth are like organ pipes. Writing with steely control and an antic eye, Hemon has assembled another extraordinary work" (Publishers Weekly). A "must-have" title for Aleksandar Hemon collectors. This is an Advance Signed Copy, and it is very prominently and beautifully signed in black marker on the title page by Aleksandar Hemon. It signed directly on the page, not on a tipped-in page or a bookplate even though it comes from the publisher. Hemon signed on top of the page, making his signature stand out even more. Hemon will not tour to promote the book. This title will become as collectible as his other books. This is the only such signed copy available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2002 for "Nowhere Man". Winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2004. Finalist for the National Book Award in 2008 for "The Lazarus Project". One of the most brilliant living American writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALEKSANDAR HEMON TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1594488649. $50.00

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