The Making of Zombie Wars (Hardcover)

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This book is crazy wonderful…“It’s about Zombies. And Wars,” which at first seems a fantastic, surprising departure from Hemon’s poignant, gripping writings of the modern Bosnian-American experience or his own remarkably observant love of country, city, family, words. But the strength of Hemon’s heart (and own story) remains solidly on these brain-sucking pages. From a fresh and perfectly written narrator: son of American privilege, grandson of Immigrant Survivors, struggling with authorial impotence and frustrated lust for women (and lives) more compelling than his own, Hemon has revealed with keen knowing and elegant detail (you will taste, smell, and know Chicago on each page) that the warm blanket of American Allowance may not grant right to dilly-dally any more than it does for any transient surviving soul. The Walking Dead are, in fact, all of us. - Joanna

— From Joanna


The seriously, seriously funny roller-coaster ride of sex and violence that Aleksandar Hemon has long promised

Script idea #142: Aliens undercover as cabbies abduct the fiancee of the main character, who has to find a way to a remote planet to save her. Title: Love Trek.

Script idea #185: Teenager discovers his girlfriend's beloved grandfather was a guard in a Nazi death camp. The boy's grandparents are survivors, but he's tantalizingly close to achieving deflowerment, so when a Nazi hunter arrives in town in pursuit of Grandpa, he has to distract him long enough to get laid. A riotous Holocaust comedy. Title: The Righteous Love.

Script idea #196: Rock star high out of his mind freaks out during a show, runs offstage, and is lost in streets crowded with his hallucinations. The teenage fan who finds him keeps the rock star for himself for the night. Mishaps and adventures follow. This one could be a musical: Singin' in the Brain.

Josh Levin is an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago. His laptop is full of ideas, but the only one to really take root is Zombie Wars. When Josh comes home to discover his landlord, an unhinged army vet, rifling through his dirty laundry, he decides to move in with his girlfriend, Kimmy. It's domestic bliss for a moment, but Josh becomes entangled with a student, a Bosnian woman named Ana, whose husband is jealous and violent. Disaster ensues, and as Josh's choices move from silly to profoundly absurd, The Making of Zombie Wars takes on real consequence.

About the Author

Aleksandar Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Book of My Lives, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and three books of short stories, including Nowhere Man, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Genius Grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He lives in Chicago.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780374203412
ISBN-10: 0374203415
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Pages: 320
Language: English