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A father and his daughter’s brain tumor. I have finally recovered enough from Aleksandar Hemon’s essay “The Aquarium” —about losing his nine-month-old daughter to a brain. The Aquarium, by Aleksandar Hemon. I don’t generally write about a single short story but I just read this piece* in the New Yorker and was.

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Related Locations Tribune Tower N. Hence, her imaginary brother had to be deployed to the sunny state, which allowed Ella to talk at length as if she knew California. By Reader staff In some ways, the 15 nonfiction pieces in Aleksandar Hemon’s The Book of My Lives resemble the short stories in the author’s collection Love and Obstacles: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This is a true story and it is devastating. The Chicago company is rhe for a way to survive in a changing world.

This site uses cookies. You can’t but wonder whether, in the period following Isabel’s death, Ella unwittingly sustained him.

It would be natural and probably necessary for Hemon to find words for what happened, because that is what writers do.

That may be the best thing they both have to offer their readers: Both make the reader a little uncomfortable, but just to the level necessary to make the reader pursue the story and want to understand, rather than cruelly judge, them.

‘The Aquarium’ by Aleksandar Hemon – A Personal Anthology

He’ll burrow wleksandar a psyche—often his own, but occasionally someone else’s—then clamber out with an armful of longings, neuroses, and fears. Aleksanndar interesting thing about this essay though, is that the illness of the daughter is happening at the same time as his other, older daughter is inventing an imaginary friend. Her impulse to narrative is, Hemon eventually realizes, an identical mechanism—in both form and function—to his own novel-writing:.


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This, Wit and The Year of Magical Thinking are the best works about the experience of physical illness, hospitals, and grief that I have ever encountered. Posted on June 21, 4 Comments.

Email required Address never made public. The key factor is inherited hatred. He was soon back to normal and we all went home.

The narrative can be described only by reading it. The creation of an imaginary character is related, I believe, to the explosion of linguistic abilities that occurs between the ages of two and four, and rapidly creates an excess of language, which the child may not have the experience to match. My brother made yhe full recovery.

Hemon and Spohr defy this sort of nasty person to engage in their emotional violence. Listening to Ella furiously and endlessly unfurl the Mingus tales, I understood that the need to tell stories was deeply embedded in our minds and inseparably entangled with the mechanisms that generate and absorb language. He analyzes his feelings, what his three-year-old is going through at the time, and the awkward way others offer meaningless platitudes. You are commenting using your WordPress.

It’s pretty heartrending, but it’s really powerful.

Aleksandar Hemon writes the story of his lives

Zleksandar was just a baby, not quite two years old. Categories Categories Select Category articles awards books crime blog events films music news paintings places reviews Scottish things Shadow Clarke Shadow Clarke spin stardust stories The Dollmaker the race the rift the silver wind Uncategorized Women in SF writers writing year of reading weird. It’s about a man I guess Hemon himself, because it’s in the Personal History section, implying that it’s non-fiction whose 9 month old daughter is diagnosed with a brain tumor.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email required Address never made public. But where you had to tne the autobiographical elements out of the former volume, the essays here, some of which first appeared in the New Yorker, save you the trouble.

In “The Kauders Case,” he mentions that “Belgrade in the nineties was fertile ground for the most virulent fascism,” neglecting to explain why.

It is somehow a little normalizing to see some of the most intimate parts of the worst things so clearly articulated, to see my own thoughts and feelings spelled out in a way that I could never begin to do myself, and, in some cases, to finally begin to understand myself.

I know myself better for having known this of them. Their willingness to be public, honest, and vulnerable with the personal, intimate, and frightening helps the reader get a better grasp of their own self. Hemon is obsessed by language at every level — as an expression of identity, as the cornerstone of self expression — and the language he uses is enviably eloquent, what I would choose to call idiosyncratically direct.

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