Broken Glass Park

Broken Glass Park

Book - 2010
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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 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.

A finalist for the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann Prize
Now an award-winning motion picture with planned US release in 2015.
Publisher: New York : Europa Editions, 2010.
ISBN: 9781933372969
Branch Call Number: BRONS
Characteristics: 221 p. ; 21 cm.

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uncommonreader
Feb 19, 2018

This book started out really well. A family moves from Russia to Germany. The eldest daughter is smart and tough. But after setting up the narrative, the plot becomes inexplicable. The last third of the novel is another piece that just doesn't fit.

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burleighsmith
Oct 13, 2011

Like her 2nd book, the even more amazing, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, this debut novel is a thrilling find. Could be categorized as YA--at least I'd recommend it to teens. Throughly capivating first person writing. The reader enjoys navigating the travails of a teen in trouble. One who's so smart she's a few steps ahead of everyone around her--even tho German (it's set in Germany and is a flowing translation from German) is her 2nd language; Sascha passes without a glance of the scorn given to those less skilled first gen'ers. She's one tough cookie. If only the world were filled with Saschas.

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macierules
Mar 23, 2011

Really a very good debut book! Europa Editions always brings something different - this is a rough, authentic, Russian immigrant experience taking place in Frankfurt. I loved the fearless lead character, a 17 year old girl dealing with revenge. Reading this book was like taking a shot of adrenalin - maintaining a sense of tension throughout the novel.

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