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'The Making of Zombie Wars' by Aleksandar Hemon: EW review

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The Making of Zombie Wars

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Aleksandar Hemon
publisher:
Farrar, Straus & Giroux
genre:
Novel

We gave it a B

You can always tell when writers have writer’s block. Usually they write about it. Think Wonder Boys, think Adaptation. Think Hemon’s latest, which focuses on screenwriter Joshua Levin. Joshua’s family is falling to pieces, with divorce piled atop divorce. His perfect girlfriend is too perfect. He teaches English in the evenings; one of his students is a beautiful Bosnian named Ana. Also, America is invading Iraq. Joshua starts writing a screenplay called Zombie Wars, which is somehow about all of this. It’s a mess. So’s the book around him. Hemon’s prose is cutting and he has a gift for surrealism, but Zombie falls victim to its own meandering atonality. It’s a farce played for pathos—which is another way of saying it’s not funny. B