Broken Glass Park

Broken Glass Park

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Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky

Russian-born Alina Bronksy has been the subject of constant praise and debate since her debut novel, Broken Glass Park, was published in Germany in 2008. She has been hailed as a literary prodigy and her novel as "an explosive debut" (Emma Magazine). Now, Broken Glass Park makes it's first appearance in English in Tim Mohr's masterful translation. 

The heroine of this throughly contemporary novel is Sascha Naimann. Sascha was born in Moscow, but now lives in Berlin with her two younger siblings and, until recently, her mother. She is precocious, independent, street-wise, and, since her stepfather murdered her mother several months ago, an orphan. Unlike most of her companions, she doesn't dream of escaping from the tough housing project where they live. Sascha's dreams are different: she longs to write a novel about her beautiful but naïve mother and she wants to end the life of Vadim, the man who brutally murdered her.

Sascha's story, as touching as any in recent literature, is that of a young woman consumed by two competing impulses, one celebrative and redemptive, the other murderous. In a voice that is candid and self-confident, at times childlike and at others all too mature, Sascha relates the struggle between those forces that can destroy us, and those that lead us out of sorrow and pain back to life.

Germany's Freundin Magazine called Broken Glass Park "a gripping portrayal of life on the margins of society." But Sascha's story does not remain on the margins; it goes straight to the heart of what it means to be young, alive, and conscious in these first decades of the new century.

A finalist for the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann Prize
Now an award-winning motion picture with planned US release in 2015.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933372969
Publisher: Europa
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 366
Sales rank: 674,749
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Russian-born Alina Bronksy is the author of Broken Glass Park (Europa, 2010); The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine (Europa, 2011), named a Best Book of 2011 by The Wall Street JournalThe Huffington Post, and Publisher's Weekly; and Just Call Me Superhero (Europa, 2014).

Tim Mohr spent the 1990s as a club DJ in Berlin and much of the next decade as a staff editor at Playboy magazine. He is the translator of Guantanamo, by Dorothea Dieckmann, which won the Three Percent award for best translation of 2007, and Wetlands, by Charlotte Roche. He is currently at work on his own book, a history of the punk music scene in East Germany.

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bridget3420 More than 1 year ago
Sascha is a teenager and now, an orphan. Instead of dreaming about getting out and making something of herself, instead she has killing on the brain. She is not a psychopath, she just wants to avenger her mother's murder. Who is the target? Her stepfather Vadim. Sascha is the perfect character. She's smart, fun but deadly if you mess with the people she cares about. I cheered her on from first page.