Aleksandar Hemon Quotes

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  • My country's main exports are stolen cars and sadness.

    Aleksandar Hemon (2009). “The Lazarus Project”, p.73, Pan Macmillan
  • Writing is a mode of agency in the world that is different from mere employment. There has to be some sort of ethical or moral drive, even if you are unaware of it.

    "The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Aleksandar Hemon". Interview with Rachel Dewoskin, therumpus.net. April 14, 2013.
  • The balls do not make a writer.

    Interview with Colum McCann, www.believermag.com. January, 2010.
  • If you can't go home, there is nowhere to go, and nowhere is the biggest place in the world-indeed, nowhere is the world.

    Aleksandar Hemon (2008). “The Lazarus Project”, p.125, Penguin
  • Your memories become fantasies if they are not shared, and your life in all its triviality becomes a legend.

    Aleksandar Hemon (2012). “Nowhere Man”, p.47, Pan Macmillan
  • The more you lose, the more is to be lost, yet it matters less.

    Aleksandar Hemon (2009). “The Lazarus Project”, p.167, Pan Macmillan
  • What fiction and art can do, particularly narrative art, is construct consciousness - in a sense, we have to do it for the first time, every time.

    "There Is No Real Life". Interview with Brad Fox, www.guernicamag.com. March 15, 2013.
  • Politics imagined as direct agency, whether by voting or by participating in politics, you can think you're not political because you don't do anything between elections.

    "The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Aleksandar Hemon". Interview with Rachel Dewoskin, therumpus.net. April 14, 2013.
  • I like the idea of a book being a democratic space which readers enter, carrying their own thoughts, and participate in a conversation, or experience of grace.

    Interview with Colum McCann, www.believermag.com. January, 2010.
  • There is a point in fighting. There is a point in struggle. Not wholesale revolution, maybe, that might not be possible, an absolutely just society, but there are plenty of spaces and places where it's worth putting up a fight.

    "The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Aleksandar Hemon". Interview with Rachel Dewoskin, therumpus.net. April 14, 2013.
  • Language is so inherent to humanity, so necessary for even basic thinking, that stories and poetry are available to anyone who can process language.

    Interview with Colum McCann, www.believermag.com. January, 2010.
  • Anything that might come under arts should not be subject to the whims of the idiotic market because the market's stupid, and it gravitates toward simplicity - towards essentializing things so they can be sold.

    "There Is No Real Life". Interview with Brad Fox, www.guernicamag.com. March 15, 2013.
  • There is a logic [to my reading], but I can't define it. I like reading impulsively. I collect books, I have a lot of them, but most of them I have not read yet. I'll read them when they call me from the shelf.

  • I gradually became aware that my interiority was inseparable from my exteriority, that the geography of my city was the geography of my soul.

  • I've been a Nick Cave fan since the early '80s when he was part of The Birthday Party thing singing Australian self-destructive rock band and I've always followed his work and loved it.

  • Outsider means "I will accept the possibility that I don't have responsibility for what is happening inside my domain."

    "The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Aleksandar Hemon". Interview with Rachel Dewoskin, therumpus.net. April 14, 2013.
  • Memoir implies the need to reveal something about yourself - to recount your life for educational purposes.

    "There Is No Real Life". Interview with Brad Fox, www.guernicamag.com. March 15, 2013.
  • Whatever solidarity I have established with other writers individually, it is usually organized around books. We connected as readers, as it were, not writers.

    Interview with Colum McCann, www.believermag.com. January, 2010.
  • In the olden days, a memoir was something written by Churchill and people like that, because they had a grand experience and considered it useful for future generations. And then it became what it became - a public purging in which other people have the chance to judge you and then forgive you, perhaps learning something from your sorry example.

    "There Is No Real Life". Interview with Brad Fox, www.guernicamag.com. March 15, 2013.
  • I hate traveling and being away from my family. But I like meeting my readers, as what I write is actualized in them. Those encounters are exhilarating to me.

    Interview with Colum McCann, www.believermag.com. January, 2010.
  • 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.

  • I have a hard time imagining a country or a government where I would say, "Oh, this is good," where I could live under a government that I respect for a day or a week, even to see what it feels like.

    "The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Aleksandar Hemon". Interview with Rachel Dewoskin, therumpus.net. April 14, 2013.
  • I cannot stand that whole game of confession, that is: Here I have sinned, now I'm confessing my sins, and describing my path of sin and then in the act of confession I beg for your forgiveness and redemption.

  • I don't believe in inspiration. I write when I can't avoid writing anymore.

    "There Is No Real Life". Interview with Brad Fox, www.guernicamag.com. March 15, 2013.
  • One builds one's life in consistency; one invests it with the belief, however unsupported by reality, that one has always been what one is now, that even in one's distant past one could recognize the seed from which this doomed flower has bloomed.

    Aleksandar Hemon (2010). “Love and Obstacles”, p.155, Pan Macmillan
  • I'm not nervous if I think about something for nine years and then I don't write it. Even if it fades it doesn't concern me. It'll come back if it's worth it.

    "There Is No Real Life". Interview with Brad Fox, www.guernicamag.com. March 15, 2013.
  • I am a writer, which means I write stories, I write novels, and I would write poetry if I knew how to. I don't want to limit myself.

  • I long for, not a writer's retreat - I can write in any situation - but a reader's retreat.

  • When I came to America, I was already a writer, already published in Bosnia. I was planning to go back, but I had no choice but to stay here after the civil war, so I enrolled at Northwestern in a master's program and studied American literature.

  • I started appreciating and valuing different things. Some things just became insufferable to me, and not just literature. I used to like horror movies and now I couldn't stand them.

    "The Sunday Rumpus Interview: Aleksandar Hemon". Interview with Rachel Dewoskin, therumpus.net. April 14, 2013.
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