Aleksandar Hemon

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Aleksandar Hemon

I have two homes, like someone who leaves their hometown and/or parents and then establishes a life elsewhere. They might say that they're going home when they return to see old friends or parents, but then they go home as well when they go to where they live now. Sarajevo is home, Chicago is home.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I read everything I could find in English - Twain, Henry James, Hemingway, really everything. And then after a while I started writing shorter pieces in English, and one of them got published in a literary magazine and that's how it got started. After that, graduate school didn't seem very important.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Memory narrativises itself.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Your memories become fantasies if they are not shared, and your life in all its triviality becomes a legend.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
All the lives I could live, all the people I will never know, never will be, they are everywhere. That is all that the world is.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Our daughter was born in Chicago, and she's already showing it. The temperature has to be approaching zero for her to wear a hat.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The privilege of a middle-class, stable, bourgeois life is that you can pretend that you are not complicated and project yourself as a solid, uncomplicated person, with refined life goals and achievements.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I wish I could avoid the people who have threatened me. My favorite threat is that I will be thrown in the River Miljacka, which is at most knee-deep, with my feet bound in cement.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My skin was the border between the world and me.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I spotted a can in the corner whose red label read SADNESS. Was there so much of it they could can it and sell it? A bolt of pain went through my intestines before I realized that it was not SADNESS but SARDINES.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My country's main exports are stolen cars and sadness.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We knew - but didn't want to know - what was going to happen, the sky descending upon our heads like the shadow of a falling piano in a cartoon.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Home is where somebody notices when you are no longer there.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The world is always greater than your desires; plenty is never enough.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I recognized him then; that is, I finally comprehended what I had known but had never been able to formulate: he had always been complete. He had finished the work of becoming himself, long before any of us could even imagine such a feat was possible.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Belief and delusion are incestuous siblings.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There are moments in life when it is all turned inside out--what is real becomes unreal, what is unreal becomes tangible, and all your levelheaded efforts to keep a tight ontological control are rendered silly and indulgent.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Your nightmares follow you like a shadow, forever.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It seemed that we loved each other better when there were large swaths of two continents between us. The daily work of love was often hard to perform at home.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When I look at my old pictures, all I can see is what I used to be but am no longer. I think: What I can see is what I am not.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I loved you because there was no other place for me to go. We were married because we did not know what else to do with each other. You never knew me, nothing about me, what died inside me, what lived invisibly.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am just like everybody else...because there is nobody like me in the whole world.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Projecting yourself until everything is talking about you is, of course, a self-flattering form of self-pityMore Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Time does nothing but hand you down shabbier and older things.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I gradually became aware that my interiority was inseparable from my exteriority, that the geography of my city was the geography of my soul.More Aleksandar Hemon [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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