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ISBN13: 9781933372969
ISBN10: 1933372966
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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.

Review:

"In her riveting debut, Bronsky gives us Sascha Naimann, a 17-year-old Russian immigrant living in Germany who narrates a brutal story with a sharp, canny voice. Sascha is determined to kill her stepfather, Vadim, who murdered her mother, but with Vadim in prison and social workers hovering, Vadim's cousin, Maria, arrives to care for Sascha and her younger stepsiblings. A puff piece in the local paper about Vadim's supposed reformation sends a livid Sascha to the newspaper office, where she meets Volker Trebur, an editor who, having briefly known Sascha's mother, offers to make things right. Sascha quickly takes him up on the offer, moving in to Volker's guestroom and beginning an intense involvement with Volker's family — particularly his teenage son. When that flames out, Sascha ends up in 'broken glass park,' the dangerous area in her neighborhood where drugs, booze, and rough sex prevail. Sascha's hunger for life shines through her relentless fight to leave behind a painful childhood — a struggle complicated by an unexpected twist in the final act — making for a stark, moving tale of resiliency and survival." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Whether it's autobiographical or not, Bronsky writes with a gritty authenticity and unputdownable propulsion, capturing the egotism and need of a girl just beginning to understand her own power." Vogue

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"Surprising, poetic, extremely well-crafted... recalls the narrative art of Zadie Smith." Stadtrevue

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"The most exciting new arrival of the season." Der Spiegel

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"Youthful, fast-paced, at times sad, never sugarcoated. Broken Glass Park tells the story of a marvelous reawakening." Modern Zeiten

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"Playful, audacious and brimming with verve....A gripping read." Book Reporter (Germany)

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"The literature industry has a new prodigy! Bronsky is an immense talent." Focus (Germany)

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"Sascha Naimann truly is a heroine for our time....Her story, told with wit and flair, will grab you as it grabbed me." Alicia Erian, author of New York Time Notable Book Towelhead

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Sacha Naimann is precocious, independent, skeptical, and, since her stepfather murdered her mother, an orphan. Her dream is to write a novel about her mother — and end the life of the man who murdered her.

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. 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.

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The Loopy Librarian, September 10, 2012 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
Sascha is a vulnerable girl hiding behind a tough veneer. I couldn’t help but admire her candor and her unflinching fight to deal with a disturbing childhood filled with domestic violence and childhood abuse. The author told Sascha’s story without sentimentality but with a straightforwardness that was refreshing yet brutal in its honesty. The writing was sparse and lyrical. I couldn’t put it down.
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Miranda, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Miranda)
A gripping, real and still humorous view of life without wealth and luck in Eastern Europe, Bronsky's heroine is smart, relatable, and likable in spite of her understandable sadism. This debut novel crackles with a fierce energy, highly recommended!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781933372969
Author:
Bronsky, Alina
Publisher:
Europa Editions
Translator:
Mohr, Tim
Author:
Mohr, Tim
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
366
Dimensions:
8.42x5.54x.66 in. .60 lbs.
Age Level:
17-17

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Product details 366 pages Europa Editions - English 9781933372969 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In her riveting debut, Bronsky gives us Sascha Naimann, a 17-year-old Russian immigrant living in Germany who narrates a brutal story with a sharp, canny voice. Sascha is determined to kill her stepfather, Vadim, who murdered her mother, but with Vadim in prison and social workers hovering, Vadim's cousin, Maria, arrives to care for Sascha and her younger stepsiblings. A puff piece in the local paper about Vadim's supposed reformation sends a livid Sascha to the newspaper office, where she meets Volker Trebur, an editor who, having briefly known Sascha's mother, offers to make things right. Sascha quickly takes him up on the offer, moving in to Volker's guestroom and beginning an intense involvement with Volker's family — particularly his teenage son. When that flames out, Sascha ends up in 'broken glass park,' the dangerous area in her neighborhood where drugs, booze, and rough sex prevail. Sascha's hunger for life shines through her relentless fight to leave behind a painful childhood — a struggle complicated by an unexpected twist in the final act — making for a stark, moving tale of resiliency and survival." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Whether it's autobiographical or not, Bronsky writes with a gritty authenticity and unputdownable propulsion, capturing the egotism and need of a girl just beginning to understand her own power."
"Review" by , "Surprising, poetic, extremely well-crafted... recalls the narrative art of Zadie Smith."
"Review" by , "The most exciting new arrival of the season."
"Review" by , "Youthful, fast-paced, at times sad, never sugarcoated. Broken Glass Park tells the story of a marvelous reawakening."
"Review" by , "Playful, audacious and brimming with verve....A gripping read." (Germany)
"Review" by , "The literature industry has a new prodigy! Bronsky is an immense talent." (Germany)
"Review" by , "Sascha Naimann truly is a heroine for our time....Her story, told with wit and flair, will grab you as it grabbed me."
"Synopsis" by , Seventeen-year-old Sacha Naimann is precocious, independent, skeptical, and, since her stepfather murdered her mother, an orphan. Her dream is to write a novel about her mother — and end the life of the man who murdered her.
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