Broken Glass Park

Broken Glass Park

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In this "riveting debut" a Russian teenager living in Berlin dreams of taking revenge on the man who killed her mother--"A stark, moving tale of resiliency" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

A finalist for the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann Prize

Now an award-winning motion pictureSeventeen-year-old Sascha Naimann was born in Moscow, but now lives in Berlin with her two younger siblings. She is precocious, independent, streetwise, and ever since her stepfather Vadim murdered her mother several months ago, an orphan. Unlike most of her peers, Sascha doesn't dream of escaping the grim housing project where they live. Sascha's dreams of writing a novel about her beautiful but naïve mother . . . and of taking Vadim's life.
In a voice that is candid and self-confident, by turns childlike and mature, Sascha relates the internal struggle between those forces that can destroy us, and those that lead us out of sorrow and back to life. Broken Glass Park goes straight to the heart of what it means to be young, alive, and conscious in these first decades of the new millenium.

"A gripping portrayal of life on the margins of society."--Freundin magazine(Germany)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 134 x 210 x 17.78mm | 282g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1933372966
  • 9781933372969
  • 309,519

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Praise for Broken Glass Park

"What a literary creation! No wonder this book was such a sensation in Europe."
--Shelf Awareness

"A riveting debut."
--Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Bronsky writes with a gritty authenticity and unputdownable propulsion."

"Bronsky instinctively understands that the way to a reader's heart is through great characters."
--Library Journal

"A vivid depiction of contemporary adolescence under pressure."
--Boston Globe

"Dealing with universal themes in the context of very modern problems, Bronsky adds an exciting new voice to the literary world."
--The Daily Beast

"A sharp and funny first novel."
--The Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

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

"An explosive debut."
--Emma Magazine

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

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

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

Praise for Alina Bronsky's The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine

"Bronsky's great gift is humor."
--The Los Angeles Times

"Mordantly funny."
--The San Francisco Chronicle

"A masterful study in delusion."
--The Financial Times

"A very funny and a very dark black comedy."
--Library Journal (starred review)

"[Rose is] one of the most fascinating women in the world."
--The Millions

"What begins as a cruel comic romp ends as a surprisingly winning story of hardship and resilience."
--The New Yorker

"Bronsky's lean writing style . . . propels the reader from page to page."
--Shelf Awareness

"I plan to . . . read whatever comes next from this important new literary voice."
--Ms. Magazine

Praise for Alina Bronsky

"Alina Bronsky writes with a gritty authenticity and unputdownable propulsion."

"Bronsky instinctively understands that the way to a reader's heart is through great characters."
--Library Journal

"Bronsky's great gift is humor."
--The Los Angeles Times
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About Alina Bronsky

Russian-born Alina Bronksy is the author of Broken Glass Park (Europa, 2010); The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine (Europa, 2011), named a Best Book of 2011 by The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and Publisher's Weekly; and Just Call Me Superhero (Europa, 2014).

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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Rating details

1,362 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
5 20% (277)
4 35% (476)
3 32% (436)
2 10% (134)
1 3% (39)
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