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Broken Glass Park

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Broken Glass Park

By Alina Bronsky; Tim Mohr (Translator)

Europa Editions, Paperback, 9781933372969, 221pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 2010

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Description
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 naive 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.


About the Author
Alina 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. Broken Glass Park, nominated for one of Europe's most prestigious literary awards, the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, is her first novel. 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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