Aleksandar Hemon

Born: September 9, 1964

Occupation: Writer

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Aleksandar Hemon

I wanted us to share the sense that the number of wrong moves far exceeds the number of good moves, to share the frightening instability of the correct decision, to bond in being confounded.

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Aleksandar Hemon

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.

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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...

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Aleksandar Hemon

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

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Aleksandar Hemon

Because sometimes you have no control over life and it keeps you far away from who you love.

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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.

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Home is where somebody notices when you are no longer there.

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Aleksandar Hemon

The world is always greater than your desires; plenty is never enough.

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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...

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Aleksandar Hemon

Belief and delusion are incestuous siblings.

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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...

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Aleksandar Hemon

Your nightmares follow you like a shadow, forever.

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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.

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Aleksandar Hemon

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.

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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...

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Aleksandar Hemon

I am just like everybody else...because there is nobody like me in the whole world.

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Aleksandar Hemon

Memory narrativises itself.

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Aleksandar Hemon

The perfect borscht is what life should be but never is.

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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...

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Aleksandar Hemon

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...

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Aleksandar Hemon

Projecting yourself until everything is talking about you is, of course, a self-flattering form of self-pity

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Aleksandar Hemon

Time does nothing but hand you down shabbier and older things.

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

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Aleksandar Hemon

The incessant perpetuation of collective fantasies makes people crave the truth and nothing but the truth - reality is the fastest American commodity.

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Aleksandar Hemon

It is so much easier to deal with the dead than with the living. The dead are out of the way, merely characters from stories about the past, never again unreadable, no misunderstandings possible, the pain...

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Aleksandar Hemon

The more you lose, the more is to be lost, yet it matters less.

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Aleksandar Hemon

Where can you go from nowhere, except deeper into nowhere?

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Aleksandar Hemon

I dont make notes for myself because I either lose them or they make no sense to me at all. I once found a piece of paper with the note: everything. Apparently I made a note to myself not to forget everything!

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Aleksandar Hemon

I do have a sense of displacement as constant instability — the uninterrupted existence of everything that I love and care about is not guaranteed at all. I wait for catastrophes.

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Aleksandar Hemon

Your memories become fantasies if they are not shared, and your life in all its triviality becomes a legend.

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Aleksandar Hemon

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.

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Aleksandar Hemon

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...

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Aleksandar Hemon

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.

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss