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  • Title: Proiectul Lazarus
  • Author: Aleksandar Hemon Dan Sociu
  • ISBN: 9789734617821
  • Page: 437
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cu Proiectul Lazarus, Hemon ne ofer un roman ce mbin o atmosfera ap s toare cu povestirea detaliat a unor st ri c nd umorale, c nd pline de umor Romanul este construit n jurul unui eveniment istoric ambiguu n diminea a zilei de 2 martie 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, un t n r evreu supravie uior al pogromului din Chi in u, se prezint la u a casei lui George Shippy, efulCu Proiectul Lazarus, Hemon ne ofer un roman ce mbin o atmosfera ap s toare cu povestirea detaliat a unor st ri c nd umorale, c nd pline de umor Romanul este construit n jurul unui eveniment istoric ambiguu n diminea a zilei de 2 martie 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, un t n r evreu supravie uior al pogromului din Chi in u, se prezint la u a casei lui George Shippy, eful poli iei din Chicago Motivul vizitei r m ne ns necunoscut, fiindc n numai c teva minute, din pricina tr s turilor sale de imigrant i a uniformei de lucru, Lazarus este luat drept anarhist i mpu cat mortal.Dup mai bine de un secol, scriitorul bosniac Vladimir Brik, stabilit n America, e fascinat de poveste i, cu ajutorul unei burse, ncepe s lucreze la Proiectul Lazarus n ideea de a reface traseul personajului s u de la Chi in u la Chicago, Brik c l tore te n Ucraina, Moldova i Bosnia Her egovina, c l torie cu puternice accente autobiografice, n urma c reia i reevalueaz propriul statut de imigrant.
    Proiectul Lazarus Cu Proiectul Lazarus Hemon ne ofer un roman ce mbin o atmosfera ap s toare cu povestirea detaliat a unor st ri c nd umorale c nd pline de umor Romanul este construit n jurul unui eveniment istoric a

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    1. It s hot as hell at the moment, and I just got home after finishing this book while riding on the bus A dull eyed, fat kid at the back of the bus kept tapping on his seat with drumsticks, while his equally dull eyed, fat though not equally fat girlfriend stared into space beside him The incessant, arhythmic patter of the drumsticks drove me mad I wanted to break them over that kid s head That was, in fact, the least of what I wanted to do All of this has nothing to do with The Lazarus Project, o [...]

    2. Jeremy gave this book three stars and said that if he d picked it up before reading Hemon s other stuff, he might have given it I feel exactly the same way This book certainly isn t bad, and I think Hemon has a lot of potential as a writer But it seems like the whole world has been telling him in the form of grant upon million dollar genius grant and over the top praise such as this guy Nabokov and this writer is not only good, he s NECESSARY that we re all really friggin fascinated by his immi [...]

    3. I really liked this It s all over the place and written in a style that s pretty different from what you usually expect from a book about eastern Europe, jewish pogroms in Chisinau, the Bosnian genocide, human trafficking across the Romanian border and a character, Lazarus, that bizarely unites this all together Some of the passages are exquisitely written As a Eastern European myself, I can confirm to the absolute truth of some of the descriptions of slavic people and customs, they are beautifu [...]

    4. I ve been wanting to read this book for a while because I have a thing about stories true and fictional involving historical anarchists There are multiple storylines here, one taking place in the early 20th century in Chicago after Lazarus is shot by the police chief, and accused of being an anarchist This storyline is told by his older sister, Olga, who tries to make sense of his death in a land that promised opportunity, unlike their homeland in Eastern Europe Another storyline is told from a [...]

    5. I really tried to like this book I forced myself through 150 pages before I finally decided that it was not going to get any better The book has 2 main subjects Lazarus, a 19 year old immigrant shot in 1908 by a policeman in Chicago for unknown reasons and the story of the author that is struggling to write Lazarus s story.While the Lazarus sections are very good and engaging, the struggling writer parts are not Basically those chapters have this format Mujo joke, Rora story, author laments that [...]

    6. I probably would have rated this book higher than three stars if I d have come to it first among Hemon s work, but after having previously read his first two books, this one lacks some lustre Most of my problems with the book were related to where repetitive tropes from Hemon s other books seemed stale this time around He often gets compared to Nabokov since his first language is not English though Nabakov s Speak, Memory makes that claim a little problematic Both, as writers, share obsessions [...]

    7. In 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, an immigrant from Eastern Europe, is shot dead by the Chicago Chief of Police Almost a century later, fictional Vladimir Brik, an immigrant from Bosnia, decides to write a book about Lazarus Aleksandar Hemon s latest novel, The Lazarus Project, imagines Averbuch s life and Brik s research.Armed with a grant and a fellow Bosnian photographer, Brik returns to Eastern Europe to learn Lazarus s life there They travel through Ukraine, Moldova, and Bulgaria before finally r [...]

    8. What did I think I thought it was pretty damn good I have to confess, I had very low expectations It appealed to me because it was on the LA Times 61 Postmodern Reads list, a list that is guilty of being really hit or miss and also using read as a noun, which consistently irks me That, plus a couple of lukewarm reviews and a distressingly vague back cover teaser, prevented me from reading it as soon as I otherwise might have.But it s way less of a chore than all those things would lead you or ha [...]

    9. I saw Hemon read recently with Junot Diaz, who got a rock star reception at Central Park s Summer Stage Hemon is not a rock star writer and garnered only polite applause Unlike Diaz in Oscar Wao, at any rate , Hemon s writing is not flashy or stylistically strutting somewhat awkwardly to allow for humongous cojones Born in Sarajevo, Hemon writes with a syncopated English language sensibility it seems quiet but then it will sneak up on you and knock you flat This one s definitely worth reading my [...]

    10. With The Lazarus Project, Aleksander Hemon establishes himself as a completely ignorable voice on the literary scene a product of hype over substance a lazy writer coasting on the unbelievable luck of winning a MacArthur grant, also known as a genius grant Hemon might be a genius, but he s definitely a bad writer.The story certainly has possibilities It simultaneously tells the story of a Jewish immigrant Lazarus murdered by a police chief in 1908 Chicago, and subsequently made out to be an anar [...]

    11. I generally do not not finish books, but this year in such a short amount of time, I ve come across two that didn t quite suit me I admire Hemon s style and find that it s clever at times, although this whole simultaneous back and forth timeline between present and past doesn t quite work or live up to how the story began I got halfway, but this one is being put away for good I will most likely come back and try another Hemon sometime in the distant future, but as of now, he ll have to wait for [...]

    12. Aleksandar Hemon is a brilliant, heady writer dry wit, intellectual chops, existential searching, preoccupied with questions of displacement, belonging, home, and exile This novel it is not a novel is disappointing precisely because its author is so talented The Lazarus Project is a little bit like that dish at a restaurant that never comes together despite featuring ingredients you love The disappointment is worse somehow against the specter of what might have been A bowl of cereal is preferabl [...]

    13. I often think that many critics give the book or movie, in many familiar cases a good review because it is something they are supposed to do You don t want to be known as the critic who turned his nose up at the Latvian drama about a gay, existentialist teen trying to survive the drab, grim reality of life in a post communist regime, would you What about the Paraguayan masterpiece about the girl that left that life of street gangs to become a school teacher that was later murdered by street gan [...]

    14. Why does everyone love this book so much National Book Award finalist, New York Times Notable Book of 2008 The New Yorker and Washington Post both ridiculously proclaim Hemon the new Nabokov Bookforum gabs, One catches glimpses not only of Nabokov and Sebald but of Bulgarov, Pamuk, Amis, Poe Seriously Why are we so excited about this guy Because he is Bosnian, and we don t know any Bosnian writers Exotic Or because his protagonist is a miserable, wandering writer of the old breed, whose cigarett [...]

    15. Aleksandar Hemon has been on my radar screen since The Question of Bruno, which I read a while ago and remembered quite fondly, but what with one thing and another, I let his works slide by me, and then, several months ago, I noticed The Lazarus Project remaindered in paperback, and I thought, oh, right, that s The Question of Bruno guy, and I bought it, and it sat on a pile of books by the front door, waiting for me to grab on my way to the subway Oh, and yes, I ve kept up with Hemon s appearan [...]

    16. The Lazarus Project consists two intertwined threads in 1908 Lazarus Averbuch, a Russian immigrant and pogrom survivor is shot by the Chicago chief of police The story is told from the perspective of his sister Olga as she tries to make sense of her loss In the present, Vladamir Brik, a writer and Bosnian immigrant, is researching Lazarus story, hoping to turn it into a book.Those parts of the book set in 1908 were well written and enjoyable to read The author really succeeded at getting into Ol [...]

    17. I should say up front, Aleks Hemon is one of the two or three living writers that I like most, who I am most excited when I see that they have a new book I really love his work, on the basis of his wonderful book of stories and his even better first novel, _Nowhere Man_.This is why it s too bad that I didn t think so much of this new book, _Lazarus Project_ It s Hemon s entry in the return to the old country genre of novels, of which everyone has one in them Hemon s version intercuts that presen [...]

    18. A surprisingly perceptive and intriguing novel juxtaposing the life and subsequent murder of a Jewish immigrant to the United States in the early 1900s after he had escaped from a Ukranian pogrom, with the life of the protagonist and his friend who each immigrated to the US from Bosnia one before the Yugoslavian civil war and the other after.The protagonist is a Bosnian writer living in present day Chicago who wants to write a book about the murder of an accused anarchist in 1908 by the Chicago [...]

    19. I am not sure the average American reader can really understand this book It captures so well the thoughts of someone who drifts in this world without a home, not because he does not have access to such a place, but because his past shapes him so much he can no longer accept the concept of home others offer him.The book is not perfect by any means At parts it s clich d, and at parts it s repetitive, but then, at parts it s truly poignant and heartbreaking Some reviewers see it as an immigrant st [...]

    20. This book is by a Serbian writer who has been living in Chicago since 1992 The author lived in Uptown and Andersonville the two neighborhoods in Chicago that I grew up in The book begins in these neighborhoods, and then follows the main character on a trip across Eastern Europe prague, vienna, budapest, etc.I read the book on a train trip from Vienna to Budapest, as I was in the process of planning my upcoming trip to Prague It was a somewhat strange experience, as the book seeemd to be followin [...]

    21. This book weaves back and forth between past and present At first it s a little confusing, but stick with it The writing is clear, intelligent, witty and beautiful Best book I ve read in some time.

    22. I wanted to like this, I really did But it just seemed to drag, and I kept catching myself getting distracted and daydreaming while reading or just wishing I was done already I had a hard time liking or being able to relate to the characters The beginning and end were the most interesting parts to me, the middle lost me One positive I will say is that I enjoy some of the subtle details mirrored in the two stories Total disappointment overall.

    23. This book was original, absorbing and yet confusing Billed as being the story of Lazarus Averbuch, murdered by the Chicago Chief of Police in 1908, and the research journey a century later of a writer, Vladimir Brik, planning to write Lazarus history, it evolved into many stories than those two I had expected something like the devil in the white city with a chapter to each story, but instead, the two stories become intertwined, sharing chapters, switching stories from paragraph to paragraph To [...]

    24. 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 2 Alexander Hemon reminds me of myself We are both proudly Bosnian, but mostly American in upbringing Neither one of us can let go of our feelings about the war But it is difficult to explain that to anyone but those who ve experienced it with you.I am a reasonably loyal citizen of a couple of countries In America that somber land I waste my vote, pay taxes grudgingly, s [...]

    25. Hemon is that rarest of all writers, rarer still for being an immigrant, whose prose has vigor without losing purpose, who can build an intricate, time and story shifting plot without making it seem like unnecessary fireworks And yet his prose retains a flavor of his East European mordancy, the wit of someone born in a country that no longer exists The central character is Vladimir Brik, an immigrant like Hemon from Sarajevo who is fascinated with the real story of Lazarus Averbukh, a nineteen y [...]

    26. hemon s novel received lavish praise from all the most prestigious book reviewers around however, i can t say that i m joining them in their love the book includes two stories that unfold in alternating chapters one, about title character Lazarus, a young eastern european who is mysteriously murdered in the home of the chicago police chief the city and the country was in constant fear of unbridled anarchy, and his death was portrayed by the police force as a suspected anarchist getting his just [...]

    27. A mesmerizing book that manages to capture some of, to me otherwise indescribable, Bosnian identity What it means to be Bosnian, what it means to be an immigrant to this grand ol complicated country, what it means to lose everything once and then keep on losing, intentionally, hopelessly.A master wordsmith, Hemon nevertheless cannot compare, in my view, to Miljenko Jergovic, whose prose is so much intense, rife with allusion, dialect, history, pain, and, in those rare moments, happiness But may [...]

    28. I still need to think about this book, but I will say book designers in general need to stop putting critics blurbs on the cover I really don t see much of a continuum between Hemon and Nabokov except that they re both Slavs writing in English And I also don t know why this pretentious boner from the New Yorker calls Nabokov the Russian, but it took me a while to cut away the crap impressions glued all over the covers, the first 8 pages, etc The themes of malleable truth, the power of fiction an [...]

    29. I ve read a few reviews of this novel one of them is quoted on the back cover which invoke the name and the ghost of Nabokov If I believed in ghosts and cliches I might wonder if old Vladimir Vladimirovich isn t spinning in his grave The comparisons are facile and thoughtless but perhaps unsurprising Critics love to find precedents In that case, let me add one of my own Jonathan Safran Foer I m sure I m not the first to say that the stories of this novel and ofEverything Is Illuminated are at le [...]

    30. This has the makings for a great book, but it failed me I really had a hard time connecting with Brik, and he is not someone I would enjoy spending time I also failed to see how Brik and Lazarus became one being I understand one gets involved in their research, but this went beyond that In my book discussion many people did not like the book but enjoyed the writing I feel that if Hemon was a truly great writer that I would no have been confused when reading this novel Other reviews say that love [...]

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