Love and obstacles is a portrait of the artist hemon using the alias bogdan as a young man migrating as hemon did from bosnia to chicago from poetry to prose from obscurity to acclaim. Love and obstacles is short containing eight short stories with set similarities and recurring themes each protagonist is an immigrant to the united states from bosnia and theres always a poet writer. Love and obstacles has passion but passion that is expressed in gnarled disgust thwarted hopes drunken bitterness and it must be said the heavy spirited gloom that the eastern european soul seems particularly prone to the final two stories in the collection death of the american commando and the noble truths of suffering come close . The uniformed jaran did not acknowledge that i spoke in bosnian to him silently he checked my invitation then compared the picture in my american passport with my mopey local face and it . Love and obstacles a collection of stories linked by an unnamed bosnian writer narrator tests what it describes as hemons well rehearsed story of displacement and writing in english to
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