Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky

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Broken Glass Park made a remarkable debut when it was published in Germany in 2008. Its author, the twenty-nine-year old Russian-born Alina Bronksy has since been hailed as a wunderkind, an immense talent who has been the subject of constant praise and debate.

The heroine of this enigmatic, razor-sharp, and thoroughly contemporary novel is seventeen- year-old Sacha Naimann, born in Moscow. Sacha lives in Berlin now with her two younger siblings and, until recently, her mother. She is precocious, independent, skeptical and, since her stepfather murdered her mother several months ago, an orphan. Unlike most of her companions, she doesn?t dream of getting out the tough housing project where they live. Her dreams are different: she wants to write a novel about her mother; and she wants to end the life of Vadim, the man who murdered her.

What strikes the reader most in this exceptional novel is Sacha?s voice: candid, self-confident, mature and childlike at the same time: a voice so like the voices of many of her generation with its characteristic mix of worldliness and innocence, skepticism and enthusiasm. This is Sacha?s story and it is as touching as any in recent literature.

Germany?s Freundin Magazine called Broken Glass Park ?a ruthless, entertaining portrayal of life on the margins of society.? But Sacha?s story does not remain on the margins; it goes straight to the heart of what it means to be seventeen in these the first years of the new century.


About Alina Bronsky

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About the AuthorAlina Bronsky was born in Yekaterinburg, an industrial town at the foot of the Ural Mountains in central Russia. She moved to Germany when she was thirteen. Her debut novel, Broken Glass Park, was nominated for one of Europe's most important literary awards, the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, and was published by Europa Editions in 2010. About the TranslatorTim Mohr spent the 1990s as a club DJ in Berlin and much of the next decade as a staff editor at Playboy magazine, where he worked with such writers as Hunter S. Thompson, Matt Taibbi, and Duff McKagan. He is the translator of Guantanamo, by Dorothea Dieckmann, Wetlands, by Charlotte Roche, and Bronsky's debut novel Broken Glass Park.
Published March 30, 2010 by Europa. 221 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A lively debut novel with a cheerfully cynical narrator, first published in Germany in 2008, from Russian-born Bronsky.

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Sascha does not want to let go of the last place her mother lived, but neither does she take part in the teen drinking and drugging parties in nearby "Broken Glass Park," so called due to its neglected state.

Apr 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Broken Glass Park

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