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Research Article

Le vite dell’Altro

Aleksandar Hemon tra Autofiction, Autobiografia e Allofiction

Enrico Davanzo    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    



This article examines the recurring mixture of fiction and autobiographical themes in the work of Bosnian-American writer Aleksandar Hemon, whose writings can be placed close to the literary genre known as Autofiction. These traits occur also in his latest production, exemplified by The Book of My Lives (2013) and My Parents / This Does Not Belong To You (2019). In these two books the attention paid by the author to his relatives’ experiences may led to a comparison with the autofiction subgenre defined by A.K. Mortimer as ‘Allofiction’. Studying these features, my intent is to analyze how Hemon’s stylistic choices have been affected by his condition of other both in the USA and postwar Bosnia.

Keywords: Aleksandar Hemon. Autofiction. Autobiography. Allofiction. Bosnia. America.

Language: it

Submitted: Sept. 20, 2020   Accepted: Oct. 6, 2020   Published: Dec. 22, 2020  

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/AnnOc/2499-1562/2020/54/008

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