Aleksandar Hemon: The Accordion
Friday, June 27, 2014
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria, in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, was the most fateful event of the twentieth century, leading to a war that needn’t have happened. In this story, novelist Aleksandar Hemon reimagines the moments leading up to the shooting from the perspective of family lore: his great-grandfather, just immigrated to Bosnia from Ukraine, was visiting Sarajevo for the first and only time, and watched the procession from the sidelines. He had just spent a good portion of his savings on an accordion before the excitement of the day curdled into horror.
Fall in LineArtist: Victor Military Band
Original accordion musicArtist: Will Holshouser