The Lazarus Project

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Pan Macmillan, Aug 7, 2009 - Fiction
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On 2 March 1908, Lazarus Averbuch, a young Russian Jewish immigrant to Chicago, tried to deliver a letter to the city’s Chief of Police. He was shot dead.

After the shooting, it was claimed he was an anarchist assassin and an agent of foreign operatives who wanted to bring the United States to its knees. His sister, Olga, was left alone and bereft in a city seething with tension.

A century later, two friends become obsessed with the truth about Lazarus and decide to travel to his birthplace. As the stories intertwine, a world emerges in which everything and nothing has changed . . .

'Prose this powerful could wake the dead' Observer

'This is easily Hemon’s best work to date, an intricately tessellated portrait of flight, emigration, and the meaning of home'

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User Review  - Daftboy1 - LibraryThing

This is not the normal book I would go for, but I am glad I did. Part history lesson, story of friendship and travelogue this is well worth a read. Read full review

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User Review  - emilyingreen - LibraryThing

I've read plenty of multicultural lit, but I've never gotten the sense of a people and an era as clearly and as poignantly as Hemon has done here. Bravo! Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Born in Sarajevo, Aleksandar Hemon wrote his first story in English in 1995. He is the author The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and a new collection of stories, Love and Obstacles. He lives in Chicago.

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