Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A profoundly moving novel that finds striking parallels between the America of a hundred years ago and now, as an immigrant Bosnian author, straining to come to terms with his identity, returns to his troubled homeland.The second novel by Hemon (Nowhere Man, 2002) begins in the Chicago of 1908, when a 19-year-old Jewish refugee named Lazarus Averbuch undertakes a mysterious mission to deliver a ... Read full review

Review: The Lazarus Project

Editorial Review - - Max Falkowitz

One hundred years ago, a young man named Lazarus Averbuch, a Bosnian Jew and new immigrant to Chicago, knocks on the door of George Shippy, the Chief of Police. He is shot dead, accused of anarchist ties thanks to attending lectures by Emma Goldman. His wife Olga is forced to pick up the pieces alone: to find some solace and justice for Lazarus, to survive as a widowed woman, and to manage the ... Read full review

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In terms of shear response to a book, The Lazarus Project certainly has instigated many opinions and reviews. Good or bad, I'm drawn to the book simply because of the motivation it gave people to say something about it. After reading the synopsis, I was struck by how the author, an immigrant, was able to write about so effectively about the American experience in a way that seemed to generate many opinions.  

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