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Book and Coffee

JJL Women’s Book Club (Zoom Only)

  • Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2024
  • Time: 7:00pm8:00pm

Discussing The Lazarus Project by Aleksandar Hemon

On March 2, 1908, nineteen-year-old Lazarus Averbuch, an Eastern European Jewish immigrant, was shot to death on the doorstep of the Chicago chief of police and cast as a would-be anarchist assassin. A century later, a young Eastern European writer in Chicago named Brik becomes obsessed with Lazarus’s story. Brik enlists his friend Rora – a war photographer from Sarajevo – to join him in retracing Averbuch’s path.
Through a history of pogroms and poverty, and a prism of a present-day landscape of cheap mafiosi and even cheaper prostitutes, the stories of Averbuch and Brik become inextricably intertwined, creating a truly original, provocative, and entertaining novel that confirms Aleksandar Hemon, often compared to Vladimir Nabokov, as one of the most dynamic and essential literary voices of our time.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87285748108