The Lazarus Project Author:Aleksandar Hemon On March 2, 1908, nineteen year old Lazarus Averbuch, a recent Eastern European Jewish immigrant, knocked on the front door of the home of George Shippy, Chicago's chief of police. When Shippy came to the door, he shot Lazarus twice, killing him. Shippy accused Lazarus of being an anarchist assassin, leaving Lazarus's sister, Olga, bereaved an... more »d isolated at the center of a city and a country simmering with ethnic and political tensions. Now, in the twenty-first century, a young writer in Chicago, Brik, also from Eastern Europe, becomes obsessed with Lazarus's story and, with his loquacious photographer friend Rora, sets off to retrace his life. The stories of Lazarus and Olga, Brik and Rora, become inextricably entwined, building a truly original, provocative, and entertaining novel that firmly establishes Hemon as one of the most dynamic and essential literary voices of our time.