How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

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How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

By Sasa Stanisic; Anthea Bell (Translator)

Grove Press, Paperback, 9780802144225, 345pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2009

The hardcover publication of "How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone" launched Stanisic as an exciting and important new voice in literary fiction and earned exuberant praise from readers and critics alike. Now in paperback, Stanisic's debut about a boy who experiences the Bosnian War and finds the secret to survival in language and stories is bound to dazzle a whole new readership.
For Aleksandar Krsmanovic, Grandpa Slavko's stories endow life in Vi egrad with a kaleidoscopic brilliance. Neighbors, friends, and family past and present take on a mythic quality; the River Drina courses through town like the pulse of life itself. So when his grandfather dies suddenly, Aleksandar promises to carry on the tradition. But then soldiers invade Vi egrad—a town previously unconscious of racial and religious divides—and it's no longer important that Aleksandar is the best magician in the nonaligned states; suddenly it is important to have the right last name and to convince the soldiers that Asija, the Muslim girl who turns up in his apartment building, is his sister.
Alive with the magic of childhood, the surreality of war and exile, and the power of language, every page of this glittering novel thrums with the joy of storytelling.

About the Author
The award-winning novelist Sasa Stanisic was born in Visegrad, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1978 and has lived in Germany since 1992. His debut novel, How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, was acclaimed by readers and critics alike, and has been translated into thirty languages so far. Before the Feast won several prizes, including the 2014 Leipzig Book Fair Prize, and was long listed for the German Book Prize.

Anthea Bell is the recipient of the Schlegel Tieck Prize for translation from German, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize in 2002 for the translation of W. G. Sebald s Austerlitz, and the 2003 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation. She lives in Cambridge, England.

Praise For How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

A bold, questing work of art.”Los Angeles Times

Funny, heartbreaking, beautifully written.”The Seattle Times

Wildly inventive . . . It rages rough and broad and joyful.”San Francisco Chronicle

The magic of storytelling lies at the heart of Saša Stanišic’s sensational debut. . . . A book that will dominate the discourse on how children experience war for a long time to come.”Foreign Policy

Poignant and hauntingly beautiful.”The Village Voice

Will convert skeptics with the sheer force of its emotional power.”The Oregonian

An astonishing accomplishment . . . Enthralling, something you can’t put down.”Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Dazzling . . . A novel rich with experience and imagination.”Kirkus Reviews