Book Of The Week: The Making Of Zombie Wars

Aleksandar Hemon's new zombie novel is a light intro to a literary heavyweight

It's possible the Bosnian-American author Aleksandar Hemon is somewhere on your list of "writers I should get round to when I'm feeling brainier".

His dazzling, sometimes difficult, fiction has made him twice a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Award in the US, and his first non-fiction collection, The Book of My Lives, was a highlight of 2013.

But it's fair enough that even a writer of Hemon's caliber might want to let off a little steam now and then. His new book, The Making of Zombie Wars: A Novel, is as close as he comes to "light" even if its humour is anything but. Joshua is an aspiring screenwriter and part-time English teacher writing the Zombie Wars movie of the title.

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Snatches from his script-in-progress about an undead apocalypse alternate with accounts of Joshua's daily life battling his war-addled landlord, his closet-dominatrix girlfriend, the mature Bosnian student he lusts after, her teenage daughter and her addled-but-by-a-different-war husband. Of course there are themes of trauma, the difficulties of human connection and the numbing of contemporary consciousness, but hey, there's also splattered zombie brains. Good times.

The Making of Zombie Wars: A Novel by Aleksandar Hemon is out on 10 September

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