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Love and Obstacles

(2009)
A collection of stories by

 
 
A new book of linked stories by the author of the National Book Award finalist The Lazarus Project.

Aleksandar Hemon earned his reputation - and his MacArthur 'genius grant' - for his short stories, and he returns to the form with a powerful collection of linked stories that stands with The Lazarus Project as the best work of his celebrated career. A few of the stories have never been published before; the others have appeared in The New Yorker, and several of those have also been included in The Best American Short Stories. All are infused with the dazzling, astonishingly creative prose and the remarkable, haunting autobiographical elements that have distinguished Hemon as one of the most original and illustrious voices of our time.

What links the stories in Love and Obstacles is the narrator, a young man who - like Hemon himself - was raised in Yugoslavia and immigrated to the United States. The stories of Love and Obstacles are about that coming of age and the complications - the obstacles - of growing up in a Communist but cosmopolitan country, and the disintegration of that country and the consequent uprooting and move to America in young adulthood. But because it's Aleksandar Hemon, the stories extend far beyond the immigrant experience; each one is punctuated with unexpected humor and spins out in fabulist, exhilarating directions, ultimately building to an insightful, often heartbreaking conclusion. Woven together, these stories comprise a book that is, genuinely, as cohesive and powerful as any fiction - achingly human, charming, and inviting.

Genre: General Fiction

Praise for this book

"Colossal talent." - Junot Díaz

"An original who owes no debts to anyone." - Patrick McGrath


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Hardback Editions

July 2009 : UK Hardback
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Title: Love and Obstacles
Author(s): Aleksandar Hemon
ISBN: 0-330-46443-4 / 978-0-330-46443-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Love and Obstacles
Author(s): Aleksandar Hemon
ISBN: 1-59448-864-9 / 978-1-59448-864-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Love and Obstacles
Author(s): Aleksandar Hemon
ISBN: 1-59448-461-9 / 978-1-59448-461-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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March 2010 : Paperback
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Author(s): Aleksandar Hemon
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Love and Obstacles
Author(s): Aleksandar Hemon
ISBN: 0-330-46444-2 / 978-0-330-46444-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Love and Obstacles
Author(s): Aleksandar Hemon
ISBN: 0-330-51090-8 / 978-0-330-51090-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Kindle Editions

March 2010 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Love and Obstacles
Author(s): Aleksandar Hemon
Publisher: Picador
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March 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Love and Obstacles
Author(s): Aleksandar Hemon
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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