Michael Berkeley's guest is Bosnian-born writer Aleksandar Hemon. His choices include Bach, Mahler, traditional Bosnian music, David Bowie, Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington.
Michael Berkeley's guest is the Bosnian-born writer Aleksandar Hemon, who has lived in the USA for the past two decades, after leaving his native Sarajevo during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s. He has published four acclaimed works of fiction: the novel 'The Lazarus Project', and three collections of short stories, including 'The Question of Bruno' and 'Love and Obstacles'. His latest autobiographical work, 'The Book of My Lives', has just been published. His work has been compared to Vladimir Nabokov and Joseph Conrad.
His eclectic musical tastes range from an aria from Bach's St Matthew Passion and the famous Adagietto from Mahler's Fifth Symphony to traditional Bosnian music, a song by David Bowie, and jazz by Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington.