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Love and Obstacles

Stories
Hemon, Aleksandar, 1964- (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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The linked stories of "Love and Obstacles" center around a young man from Yugosalvia who immigrates to America. In dazzling prose, Hemon (himself an immigrant from Yugoslavia) portrays 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.
Authors: Hemon, Aleksandar, 1964-
Statement of Responsibility: Aleksandar Hemon
Title: Love and obstacles
stories
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2009
Characteristics: 209 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Stairway to heaven
Everything
The conductor
Good living
Szmura's room
The bees, part 1
American commando
The noble truths of suffering
Summary: The linked stories of "Love and Obstacles" center around a young man from Yugosalvia who immigrates to America. In dazzling prose, Hemon (himself an immigrant from Yugoslavia) portrays 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.
Subject Headings: Short stories, American American fiction 21st century
Topical Term: Short stories, American
American fiction
LCCN: 2008050340
ISBN: 9781594488641
1594488649
Branch Call Number: FIC H
Research Call Number: JFD 09-2711
JFD 09-2711
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Aug 13, 2012
  • glohub rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This set of stories are interrelated and linked by reference or characters. While it includes some beautifully crafted images, most of the images are unpleasant, cynical, and are with violent over or undertones. There is humor, but it is a dark one, so I suspect this text is for readers with distinct tastes or broad tolerances.

Dec 05, 2009
  • macierules rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book oozes testosterone. It is a set of loosely linked stories about an immigrant from Sarajevo - beautifully written, but some of the subject matter is violent so I would hesitate recommending to all. Hard to imagine that English is not Hemon's first language.

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