Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Preview: Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky – translation by Tim Mohr


Amazon Stats:

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Europa Editions (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933372966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933372969
  • Genre: Literary Thriller (?)


Book Info:

The heroine of this thoroughly 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.

Author Bio:


Born in Ekaterinburg, Russia, Alina Bronsky 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) nominated for the prestigious Bachmann Prize. Now, “surprising, poetic, extremely well-crafted” (Cologne Stradtrevue) Broken Glass Park makes its first appearance in English in Tim Mohr’s masterful translation.



Amazon purchasing links for US/UK/Canada.

This book has made the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize booklist – see article hereBook Browse has given it two thumbs up.  To the left is an image of the German cover.

This book was sent to Layers of Thought via the publicist – Regal Literary. Thanks Amanda!

Review coming soon.

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