Just Call Me Superhero

Just Call Me Superhero

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The acclaimed author of Broken Glass Park brings her "warmth, humor and sharp observational eye" to a disfigured teenager's coming of age in Berlin (Kirkus Reviews). Once a handsome teenager, seventeen-year-old Marek is left badly disfigured after a Rottweiler attack. Now his mother sends him to a support group for young people with physical disabilities--what he calls "the cripple group"--led by an eccentric older man only known as "the guru". Angry at the world and dismissive of the group, Marek sees no connection between their misfortunes and his own. Then a family crisis forces Marek to face his demons, and he finds himself in dire need of support. But the distance he has put between himself and the guru's misshapen acolytes may well be too great to bridge.
Just Call Me Superhero cements Alina Bronsky's reputation as one of Germany's most compelling and stylish young authors. An atmospheric evocation of modern Berlin, a vivid portrait of youth under pressure, and a moving story about learning to love, this new novel from the author of Broken Glass Park and Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine is an irreverent look at the sometimes-difficult work of self-acceptance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 135 x 209 x 20.32mm | 302g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • 1609452291
  • 9781609452292
  • 1,485,666

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"Bronsky lands another hit with this hilarious, disturbing, and always irreverent blitz." -- Publisher's Weekly (Starred Review)
"Bronsky's great gift is humor." -- Los Angeles Times
"What begins as a cruel comic romp ends as a surprisingly winning story of hardship and resilience." -- The New Yorker
"A masterful study in delusion." -- The Financial Times
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About Alina Bronsky

Alina Bronsky's first book, Broken Glass Park, was described as "the most astonishing debut in years" by the German daily, Nürnberger Nachrichten, and as "riveting debut" by Publishers Weekly (starred review). Her second book, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, was named a Favorite Read of the Year by both the Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and a Best Book of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Bronsky's writing is "potent and vital" said the Financial Times and The Daily Beast wrote that sie is "an exciting new voice in the literary world." Born in Russia, Bronsky now lives in Berlin with her family. In addition to having translated Alina Bronsky's previous novels, Tim Mohr has translated such authors as Wolfgang Herrndorf, Stefanie de Velasco, and Charlotte Roche. He has also collaborated on memoirs by musicians Paul Stanley, Gil Scott-Heron, and Duff McKagan. His own writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Daily Beast, and Playboy, among other publications. Prior to starting his writing career he earned his living as a club DJ in Berlin, Germany.
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Rating details

278 ratings
3.09 out of 5 stars
5 9% (26)
4 25% (69)
3 38% (106)
2 21% (59)
1 6% (18)
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