He came to the United States as part of a month-long cultural exchange program of journalists and was supposed to return to Sarajevo on May 1st 1992, the same day that Sarajevo came under siege. Instead, he was granted political asylum in the U.S.. Hemon began writing fiction in English in 1995. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 and a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation in 2004. Hemon is the author of The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and The Lazarus Project. His latest short story collection, Love and Obstacles, was published in May 2009. He is also the editor of Best European Fiction 2010 and the forthcoming Best European Fiction 2011 anthologies (Dalkey Archives). He lives in Chicago.