Date/Time: 07/09/2003 12:00 am
SEMEZDIN MEHMEDINOVIC, ONE OF BOSNIA’S MOST PREEMINENT AUTHORS, READS FROM HIS NEW COLLECTION NINE ALEXANDRIAS, AT THE BOWERY POETRY CLUB, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 4:00PM
Ammiel Alcalay, translator of NINE ALEXANDRIAS and author of MEMORIES OF OUR FUTURE and many other books, will also read.
Following his depiction of Bosnia under siege in the much celebrated Sarajevo Blues, Semezdin Mehmedinovic now explores the vast space of his new continent.
In this nightmarish and exhilarating odyssey, Mehmedinovic’s political acuity is displayed everywhere but barely pronounced. In Washington D.C., his new home, the graphic and tactile affirmation of life amidst horror depicted so masterfully in Sarajevo Blues, turns into an eerie silence that permeates both the expanse of the land and the heart of the American empire.
“In this remarkable sleight of hand that never becomes generically ‘fictional,’ Mehmedinovic’s narrator holds to the pulse of the real by protecting us from what he has seen and known in another life. This is a very different kind of witness, one that has as much to reveal to the initiated as to the uninitiated, to those who don’t.” – Ammiel Alcalay, from the introduction to Nine Alexandrias
Mehmedinovic arrived in the U.S. as a political refugee in 1996. His articles, poems, and essays have been translated and published in leading European and American newspapers and magazines. Sarajevo Blues was translated into Slovenian and published by Nova revija in 1995. In 1998, City Lights published Sarajevo Blues, translated by Ammiel Alcalay, and in 1999, a translation was published in Germany. Mehmedinovic is still working as a columnist for Dani (Days), the magazine Mehmedinovic started with friends and sold on the streets of Bosnia under aerial bombardment, mortar-attack and shelling, amidst sniper-fire through three and half years of war.
Sunday, September 7th, 4:00 PM
The Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery St., New York, NY 10012