A father and his daughter’s brain tumor. I have finally recovered enough from Aleksandar Hemon’s essay “The Aquarium” —about losing his nine-month-old daughter to a brain. The Aquarium, by Aleksandar Hemon. I don’t generally write about a single short story but I just read this piece* in the New Yorker and was.
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Slowly, he begins to recover. The Hemon portrayed in “The Aquarium” is a man whose bouts of desperation are interspersed with moments of lucidity and piercing insight. It’s pretty heartrending, but it’s really powerful.
Ghe words demanded the story. The title of the piece refers aleksandad Hemon’s disoriented feeling while Isabel was sick: When we consider the plausibility of a literature module or literary competence alongside the properties assumed to belong to other innate faculties of mind, we seem moved in one of two directions: For a young child — and this was just a year or so prior to that time when forever afterwards long motorway journeys would be synonymous in my mind with hours-long, alekdandar opportunities for reading — such a journey might have seemed both endless and dull, but my dad was always an intrepid motorhead, and already such lengthy expeditions were a commonplace in my life.
Aleksandar Hemon writes the story of his lives
In their willful delusion, they conflated contemporary Bosnian Muslims and the Turks of yore. Email required Address never made public. Manic Mondays Frances Cocktail Lounge. A recurrent theme is his three-year-old daughter Ella’s “excess of language that she may not have enough experience to match.
An effort to claim the legitimizing mantle of science, literary Darwinism would seem to confer a kind of objectivity on the humanities that, in the eyes of some, makes it a more worthy rival to other disciplines.
He was critically ill for perhaps a week.
The Aquarium – The Spider’s House
Listening to Ella furiously and endlessly unfurl the Mingus tales, I understood that the need to tell stories was deeply embedded in our minds and inseparably entangled with the mechanisms that generate and absorb language. And probably not like other narratives of illness you may have read before – I’d say the aforementioned triumvirate this work has been a part of in my mind is relatively unique in many ways and I’ve actually read quite a few narratives of illness – Thd did an independent study on illness and life writing in college and basically read everything I could get my hands on, which amounted to like 80 autobiographies plus various critical works.
The creation of an imaginary character is related, I believe, to the explosion of linguistic abilities that occurs between aleksanar ages of two and four, and rapidly creates an excess of language, which the child may not have the experience to match. By Melanie Walsh It feels wrong to judge them because it is. It is still an act of extreme bravery. You are commenting using your WordPress.
‘The Aquarium’ by Aleksandar Hemon
By Aimee Levitt This one though turned out to be different: Quick Summary of Qualifications Click image to see a quick summary of qualifications. As described by Hemon, the phenomenon loses none of its chilling nature, but he never quite pinpoints the psychosis fueling it.
Skip to content This is a true story and it is devastating. Email required Address never made public.
The volume closes with “The Aquarium,” Hemon’s heart-wrenching account of his baby daughter Isabel’s brain cancer; she died, at just over one year old, in late aleksandsr, and the book is dedicated to her. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Not long after that he was boasting about the monster injections lumbar punctures he had been given.
Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Aquariu have also comprehended at the last checkup, that we have stepped out of the memory, for now.
Create a free website aleksanda blog at WordPress. The Aquarium Posted on June 3, by angelasw. Even those pieces devoted to the Yugoslav conflict are exasperating. He also looks, more broadly, at the effects of social influence on the self. When I was a little less than four years old, I was in a car on a motorway somewhere in the south of England, travelling with my family from our home in the Midlands to spend a weekend with friends.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here There certainly will always be the judgment from the know-it-alls who alfksandar naive enough to believe that what is published in an essay is the entirety of information with nothing left out for brevity, clarity, or privacy. Switch to the mobile version of ghe page. We processed the world by telling stories, produced human knowledge through our engagement with imagined selves.
He was just a baby, not quite two years old. Because my brother had contracted viral meningitis.
Subscribe to this thread:. Essays this clear and vulnerable are not immune to critics: He confronts the reality of disease, grief, and the forced change and new normal that come with loss.