Worldview's Jerome McDonnell speaks with Aleksander Hemon about life in Bosnia

July 11, 2011

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Author Aleksandar Hemon talks with Jerome McDonnell about the genocide in his home country, Bosnia.

Hundreds of victims of the Bosnian war were buried Monday in a mass funeral that aimed to close a chapter on one of the deadliest modern conflicts. The Bosnian genocide lasted nearly four years and claimed 100,000 lives--but not Aleksander Hemon’s.

Hemon came to the Chicago in 1992 on what he thought was going to be a short visit. The writer is a MacArthur Foundation genius recipient whose latest novel is Love and Obstacles. Worldview host Jerome McDonnell talked with Hemon in 2008 shortly after the arrest of Radovan Karadzic who was accused of war crimes against Bosnians. Hemon explained how he first escaped the rule of Karadzic.