14 Facts About Aleksandar Hemon


Aleksandar Hemon is a Bosnian-American author, essayist, critic, television writer, and screenwriter.


Aleksandar Hemon is best known for the novels Nowhere Man and The Lazarus Project, and his scriptwriting as a co-writer of The Matrix Resurrections.


Aleksandar Hemon frequently publishes in The New Yorker and has written for Esquire, The Paris Review, the Op-Ed page of The New York Times, and the Sarajevo magazine BH Dani.


Aleksandar Hemon was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, then Yugoslavia, to a father of partial Ukrainian descent and a Bosnian Serb mother.


Aleksandar Hemon graduated from the University of Sarajevo and was a published writer in former Yugoslavia by the time he was 26.


Aleksandar Hemon earned his master's degree from Northwestern University in 1996.


Aleksandar Hemon is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation grant.


Aleksandar Hemon is currently a professor of creative writing at Princeton University, where he lives with his second wife, Teri Boyd, and their daughters Ella and Esther.


Aleksandar Hemon grew up near the Grbavica Stadium, and he is a supporter of the Zeljo, as the Sarajevo based football club FK Zeljeznicar is affectionately called, with a membership.


In 2000 Aleksandar Hemon published his first book, The Question of Bruno, which included short stories and a novella.


On 1 May 2008, Aleksandar Hemon released The Lazarus Project, inspired by the story of Lazarus Averbuch, which featured photographs by Aleksandar Hemon's childhood friend, photographer Velibor Bozovic.


In May 2009, Aleksandar Hemon released a collection of stories, Love and Obstacles, which were largely written at the same time as he wrote The Lazarus Project.


Aleksandar Hemon published his second work of non-fiction, My Parents: An Introduction, in 2019.


In October 2019, Aleksandar Hemon joined many intellectuals in an international public outcry in response to the decision of the Nobel Committee to award Peter Handke a Nobel Prize in literature earlier that month.