Writer Hemon on genocide's bees

  • May 14, 2010
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Bosnian American fiction writer captures the trauma and legacy of genocide in Love and Obstacles: Stories. He uses the image of a persistent, terrifying bee to poetically portray the endless experience:

The bee pursued me relentlessly and unflinchingly, and I was more terrified by its determination than the forthcoming pain: it would not quit even as I was hollering, throwing in the air all the arms I could muster, lunging at incredible speed, a manic mass of discordant movements. And the more I ran, the farther I was from any help and comfort. It was in the moment before I tripped and tumbled head over heels that I realized the bee was entangled in my hair- the attempt to escape was meaningless.

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