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Nowhere Man

The Pronek Fantasies
Hemon, Aleksandar, 1964- (Book - 2002 )
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Random House, Inc.
Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Question of Bruno, one of the most celebrated debuts in recent American fiction, returns with the mind- and language-bending adventures of his endearing protagonist Jozef Pronek.

This is what we know about Jozef Pronek: He is a young man from Sarajevo who left to visit the United States in 1992, just in time to watch war break out at home on TV. Stranded in the relative comfort of Chicago, he proves himself a charming and frankly perceptive observer of – and participant in – American life. With Nowhere Man, Pronek, accidental urban nomad, gets his own book.

Aleksandar Hemon lovingly crafts Pronek into a character who is sure to become an enduring literary icon. From the grand causes of his adolescence – principally, fighting to change the face of rock and roll and, hilariously, struggling to lose his virginity – up through a fleeting encounter with George Bush (the first) in Kiev, to enrollment in a Chicago ESL class and the glorious adventures of minimum-wage living, Pronek’s experiences are at once touchingly familiar and bracingly out-of-the-ordinary.

But the story of his life is not so simple as a series of global adventures. Pronek is continually haunted by an unseen observer, his movements chronicled by narrators with dubious motives–all of which culminates in a final episode that upends many of our assumptions about Pronek’s identity, while illustrating precisely what it means to be a Nowhere Man.

With all the literary verve of The Question of Bruno, but with an engrossing narrative, engaging warmth, and refreshing humor, Nowhere Man brings to life a protagonist whose very way of looking at and living in the world provokes an exhilarating sense of seeing everything new again. And all the while, the inspired freshness of the prose reminds the reader why Aleksandar Hemon earned such extraordinary recognition after just one book.

Baker & Taylor
Jozef Pronek, a young man from Sarajevo who stayed in the U.S. and watched the war at home on TV, journeys from Sarajevo to the Soviet Union, Shanghai, and Chicago as he deals with the complexities and emotional upheavals of adolescence, enrolls in a Chicago ESL class, and endures such minimum wage careers as a P.I. and a fund-raiser for Greenpeace.

Blackwell North Amer
This is what we know about Jozef Pronek: He is a young man from Sarajevo who left to visit the United States in 1992, just in time to watch war break out at home on TV. Stranded in the relative comfort of Chicago, he proves himself a charming and frankly perceptive observer of - and participant in - American life. With Nowhere Man, Pronek, accidental urban nomad, gets his own book.
From the grand causes of his adolescence - principally, fighting to change the face of rock and roll and hilariously struggling to lose his virginity - up through a fleeting encounter with George Bush (the first) in Kiev, to enrollment in a Chicago ESL class and the glorious adventures of minimum-wage living, Pronek's experiences are at once touchingly familiar and bracingly out of the ordinary.
But the story of his life is not so simple as a series of global adventures. Pronek is continually haunted by an unseen observer, his movements chronicled by narrators with dubious motives - all of which culminates in a final episode that upends many of our assumptions about Pronek's identity while illustrating precisely what it means to be a Nowhere Man.

Authors: Hemon, Aleksandar, 1964-
Statement of Responsibility: Aleksandar Hemon
Title: Nowhere man
the Pronek fantasies
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese, 2002
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 242 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject Headings: Immigrants Fiction Chicago (Ill.) Fiction Bosnian Americans Fiction Sarajevo (Bosnia and Hercegovina) Fiction
Topical Term: Immigrants
Bosnian Americans
LCCN: 2002066208
ISBN: 0385499248
Research Call Number: JFD 03-1178
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