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    The Lazarus Project

    Author: Aleksandar Hemon
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    Aleksandar Hemon wastes no time in getting to the heart of the story in his latest book, The Lazarus Project. In March 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, a 19-year-old Jewish immigrant to Chicago, visits the home of George Shippy, Chicago's chief of police. The reasons for the visit remain unclear because in a few minutes, Lazarus was shot to death. Anarchism it seems was raging wild at the time and Chief Shippy, upon seeing a suspicious-looking character on his doorstep, was not one to take chances.

    A hundred years later, Brik, a young Chicago-based writer of Eastern European descent, chances upon the story and the slice of history fascinates him. With the aid of a grant, he embarks on the Lazarus Project, trying to reverse Lazarus's steps and find out more about the immigrant's past.

    The book includes chapters that detail the Chicago of 1908 and Hemon brings to life the murder of Lazarus and the devastation it wreaks on his sister Olga. Hemon also shows how terrified the country was, of anyone who didn't look or talk like the rest. These chapters alternate with Brik's travels through Eastern Europe until at the very end, in an ingenious style, Brik starts showing up in Lazarus's stories. Brik travels with a photographer called Rora who spins wonderfully crafted tales while they travel. In real life, The Lazarus Project is supplemented with real life pictures by Hemon's photographer friend, Velibor Bozovic. There are also some pictures from 1908 in the novel and they complement the story beautifully, bringing it of life.

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    Default Re: Book Review: The Lazarus Project

    nice sharing /up





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    Default Re: Book Review: The Lazarus Project

    Thanks for shairng

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