Aleksandar Hemon quote

"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."

Aleksandar Hemon

Born: September 9, 1964

Occupation: Writer

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