History's Storm

The Lazarus Project
Aleksandar Hemon
Riverhead Books, $24.95, 294 pp.

In the fiction of Aleksandar Hemon, the dramatic tension lies not within one story but between competing stories. There is always a bigger story, properly called history, and a smaller one, the personal story of a protagonist who is usually a fragmented reflection of Hemon himself. The bigger story usually concerns large-scale atrocities fueled by irrational hatred: memories of genocide, pogroms, and war haunt his characters. The smaller, more personal stories are...

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