Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon was born in Sarajevo and lives in Chicago. He is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, Love and Obstacles, and The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work also appears regularly in the New Yorker and Granta, among other publications.

Photo © Velibor Božović


Winter Game by Aleksandar Hemon

Winter Game by Aleksandar Hemon

For Aleksandar Hemon, football is more than a sport and as the World Cup gets underway in Brasil he traces his own and the world's love affair with the game. In this essay from his collection The Matters of Life, Death and More: Writing on Football, he and his friends play the beautiful game on an ice cold Chicago morning. They are from all over – Western Bosnia, Cameroon, England, Ecuador – and, though they know little of each other's pasts, they are all brought together by their love of playing football.