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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  1,122 ratings  ·  173 reviews
Es war die unwahrscheinliche Geschichte eines unverlangt eingesandten Manuskriptes, das den Verlag sofort begeisterte, und es wurde eines der erfolgreichsten Debüts: Mit ihrer Geschichte von Sascha, die ihr Schicksal selbst in die Hand nimmt, hat Alina Bronsky die Herzen ihrer Leser erobert.

Was macht ihr Debüt so besonders? Da ist zum einen die siebzehnjährige Sascha Naima
Paperback, 288 pages
Published 2009 by Kiepenheuer & Witsch (first published January 1st 2008)
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Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, germania
È bella la storia di Sasha, anche se in realtà è terribilmente tragica: è Alina Bronsky che sa renderla bella.

Noomi Rapace, la prima Lisbeth Salander, quella della trilogia cinematografica svedese: Mi hanno deluso, lei e i tre film.

Adottando l'io narrante e scegliendo una lingua diretta, senza fronzoli e orpelli - costruendo un racconto teso, asciutto, che progredisce anche durante i flash back.

La migliore Lisbeth Salander, secondo me, splendidamente interpretata dalla
Jun 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I have a serious case of review writer’s block. Actually, it's more like review writer's ennui, but I felt compelled to write a little about this one. Do you ever read blurbs on the backs of books? Well, I sometimes do even though the same adjectives are recycled over and over again ad nauseam. If you do, don’t read the blurbs on the back of this one. I am so sick of something being termed ‘riveting’ when it is merely ‘mildly engaging.’ Also, ‘Extremely well-crafted’ should have been replaced wi ...more
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, ladywritten
This started strongly and then petered out. I was interested in the narrator while she was talking about her family and her plans, but very quickly the plot seemed to start turning on coincidence, and I lost hold of the narrator's motivations. The overall theme of the book seems to be: men, what to do about them. They're violent, they're dumb, they're sexually abusive...but they're everywhere and for a straight woman they're also necessary, at least for some things.Sascha, the 17-year-old narrat ...more
Sometimes I think I'm the only one in our neighborhood with any worthwhile dreams. I have two, and there's no reason to be ashamed if either one. I want to kill Vadim. And I want to write a book about my mother. I already have a title: The Story of an Idiotic Redheaded Woman Who Would Still Be Alive If Only She Had Listened to Her Smart Oldest Daughter. Or maybe that's more of a subtitle. But I have plenty of time to figure it out because I haven't started writing yet.

I had such high hopes for
I love, love, love the narrator of this story. I fell in love with her instantly and wanted to love the novel too, but I only love the first half. After that, things get weird and oddly violent, yet almost boring at the same time. The anticlimactic ending doesn't help matters either.
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inhalt: In diesem sehr heißen Sommer ist Sascha siebzehn, und sie hat nur zwei Träume: Sie will ihrer Mutter ein Buch schreiben, und sie will Vadim töten. Was es mit Vadim auf sich hat, warum Sascha ohne Mutter, aber mit ihrer Großtante lebt, wie die Familie durch ein Verbrechen erschüttert und berühmt wurde und was es bedeutet, in ein Dreiecksverhältnis mit einem Journalisten und seinem sechzehnjährigen Sohn zu geraten – all das erzählt sie mit Herz, Witz und einer Energie, die mitreißt.

Oct 08, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, novel, owned
Ich habe mich nie gefragt, wie sie meinen Plan finden wird. Habe mir nie Gedanken darüber gemacht. Wahrscheinlich möchte ich einfach glauben, dass sie seufzend, aber ohne Widerrede mithilft, die Sauerei wieder wegzumachen, bevor die Kinder kommen. Sie wird verstehen, dass noch mehr Blut für ihre Entwicklung nicht förderlich ist.

Alexandra Naimann, genannt Sascha, hat zwei Träume: Sie will Vadim umbringen. Und sie will ein Buch über ihre Mutter schreiben. Es soll heißen: "Die Geschichte einer hirn
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Saleh MoonWalker
Onvan : Broken Glass Park - Nevisande : Alina Bronsky - ISBN : 1933372966 - ISBN13 : 9781933372969 - Dar 366 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2008
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, german
Alina Bronsky created a young heroine that readers connect with from the very first page. Sascha Naimann is 17, was born in Russia and immigrated to Germany as a child. She now lives in a run-down housing complex for immigrants in an non-discript suburb of Frankfurt. She is fiercly protective of her young brother and sister and dreams of killing her stepfather and writing a book about her mother: “The Story Of An Idiotic Redheaded Women Who Would Still Be Alive If Only She Had Listened To Her Sm ...more
It was "The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine" that sent me on a Europa Editions reading binge. This is the latest Europa Edition that I've read, and I must say it wasn't a disappointment. I thought Bronsky's debut novel "Broken Glass Park" was a page turner, and a very quick read. I'm a real sucker for immigrant stories, especially ones written about post communist immigrants living in the West. I've never stumbled upon narratives of immigrant life in Germany, or in any of the Western Europe ...more
Patrick O'Neil
Sep 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alina Bronsky's stunning debut novel, Broken Glass Park, is a total first person narrative. The reader hears 17-year old Sascha's voice as she plots murder, dissects relationships, threatens thugs, has sex, and describes her neighborhood's squalor and the drudgery of her life. It's all tell, no show, and surprisingly it works. Yet Sascha's not playing the sympathy card, and her mother was murdered, in front of her, by her stepfather, the man she wants to kill, the scumbag loser she told her moth ...more
Lisa Hayden Espenschade
Jul 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in crime, difficulties for immigrants, or the effects of violence
Recommended to Lisa by: Publisher
Broken Glass Park has many of the elements I love to find in fiction: believably unbelievable characters, vivid settings, and situations that feel real and relevant. Perhaps it was Bronsky's success in creating settings and people that made her narrative feel weak: I felt the book lacked structure. Though Bronsky packs in lots of events and interesting scenes, I came away feeling I'd read a portrait rather than a novel with a beginning and an end. That's not always a bad thing, I suppose, but I ...more
Aug 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Do not read. This book starts so interesting and it just completely loses it once she takes the train to Frankfurt (which would take almost five hours) and gets to talk to everyone at the newspaper right away. It really just went off the rails. I want to say something got lost in translation but this author is supposed to be a wunderkind? Not from this book!
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just wow... such a great book. Alina Bronsky has such a great literary voice. There is so much sadness, anger and pain in this book.

English Title is Broken Glass Park, highly recommend it.
Mar 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Sascha agiert instinktiv, wahnsinnig und gewalttätig. Ihre Taten werden aneinandergereiht und dann wieder komplett vergessen. Es gibt weder irgendwelchen Reaktionen und schon gar keine Konsequenzen.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ikinci yarısında hareketlense de başlarda oldukça sıkıcıydı...
yeni bir şey yok, her zaman bildiğimiz şeylerin yeniden anlatılması...
Merve Özcan

Alexandra Naimann, Sascha.
Anlatılmaz yaşanır tarzı bir hikaye, içinize oturan bir olay dizisi. Onun yaşadıkları zevkle okunacak cinsten değil, yüzünüzde gülümseme bırakmıyor. Her cümle daha korkunç bir gerçeğe gebe.

Tanıtımdan zaten amacını biliyoruz, ama neden bunu istiyor, neden bu ufacık kızda bu öfke yaşıyor? İşte bunu okuyoruz, onun hıncını tadıyoruz. Seçimlerinden memnun kalmaya biliriz ama ona anlayış göstermemek imkansız. Belki siz olsanız böyle davranmazdınız, ama değilsiniz.

Bir bakıcı
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Broken Glass Park” is a coming-of-age novel with an edge. Coming of age novels have historically been a province (Dickens, Joyce, Salinger, the country naïfs that Flaubert and Balzac set loose in Paris; “Jane Eyre”, for example, although it follows the heroine through much travail, ends with a settling down rather than a setting off). There is no doubt much to be said economic, and social constraints on that account, and perhaps something about male narcissism as well. All that said, “Broken Gl ...more
Michele Ponte
Jan 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ci sono quei libri che ti fanno pensare: «No, non fa per me, ancora qualche pagina e lo abbandono per sempre sul comodino», e poi ti ritrovi a pagina 50 senza sapere bene il perché, e in seguito a pagina 100, continui a leggerlo in orario di lavoro poiché proprio non puoi farne a meno. Ebbene, “La vendetta di Sasha” è uno di questi.
Sasha, Aleksandra per chi ancora non la conosce, è una ragazza di origine russa trasferitasi in Germania, in una specie di ghetto nei pressi di Francoforte. Sasha a 1
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This revenge novel opens with a Russian girl who wants to murder her step-father, who killed her mother and her mother's boyfriend two years ago. Many details of European life for a Russian immigrant living in Germany are translatable to an American audience, and this becomes a fast paced coming of age story.

One of the things I really liked about Broken Glass Park was the voice
of 17 year old Sascha, who is tough and vulnerable and funny and
passionate and insightful and moody, within short time f
Dec 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, re-read
»Ich finde es nicht gut, wenn jemand sein Leben verplempert«, sage ich mit einer Schärfe, die mich selbst überrascht. Aber Felix hört nicht zu, er tippt.
Und dann sehe ich, wie in einem Fenster auf dem Bildschirm ein Text entsteht.
»Und du? Lebst du dein Leben?«, lese ich. Er schiebt mir die Tastatur zu. Ich denke kurz nach und tippe: »Ich bin etwas völlig anderes.« Und nochmal groß: »VÖLLIG ANDERES. Komm nicht auf die Idee dich mit mir zu vergleichen.«

Dies ist eines der Bücher, das mich so fessel
Jason Furman
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, novel
A stunning novel, everyone should read it. This is Alina Bronsky's first novel. Her second, The Hottest Dishes of Tartar Cuisine, is also excellent. They have a lot in common: gritty stories of Russian emigrees in Germany told by unforgettable narrators. But they also show the range of Bronsky's imagination and voice not least the fact that this one is narrated by a 17 year old girl and Tartar Cuisine was narrated by a grandmother.

Broken Glass Park is a coming of age story with nothing whitewash
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alina Bronsky's Broken Glass Park is one of the most thought-provoking works of literature I've read in a long time, and with her remarkable ability to communicate emotion with precision and intent, Bronsky creates just that - literature... Throughout the entire novel, there are no wasted words in Bronsky's writing and her dialogue is both poignant and raw. I am so delighted that this book was translated into English (from the German) and with such a strong debut, I'm looking forward to what Ali ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: one-star
Ich mochte das Buch wirklich nicht besonders. Die Handlung hat einfach so mega willkürlich gewirkt und die Handlung der Protagonistin selber, hat sich mir oft nicht erschließen können. Ich persönlich habe Sascha nur als anstrengend, missgelaunt, zickig und arrogant wahrgenommen.
Vielleicht kann ich auch einfach nicht tiefsinnig genug denken und habe die tiefere Botschaft oder was auch immer hinter dem Buch nicht verstanden. Ist alles möglich. Aber ich war doch ziemlich froh, dass das Buch nur kn
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About 100 pages into this wonderful debut novel. Just realized there are no chapters, which could be another reason it's hard to put this book down, the first being that it's a captivating story with a bevy of characters, especially Sascha, the protagonist, who are truly fleshed-out and real. Great translation. Can't wait to know how it ends, but, at the same time, don't want it to.....wonderful book, rooting for Sascha and her family and a hopeful but not sentimental ending. Recommended.
Rebecca Davis
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this over a weekend in Birmingham (where I was visiting my parents). Alina Bronsky was speaking on the following Monday night in DC (where I live). My flight was cancelled in Birmingham Sunday night. After a very hassled long day at three airports on Monday, I went straight from National Airport to the reading. That's how much I liked this book.
Jun 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book. It moved me to tears and put me in a coma for several hours to follow. Gritty, raw, totally brutal, and utterly brilliant coming-of-age tale of a teenager living on the fringes of society. Wish the author didn't write under a pseudonym-- would love to know who she really is!
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.
Natalie Ward
Interesting book, but not a huge fan. It was very random and disjointed, both the story and the narrator's actions. Despite everything she'd seen and gone through, I didn't fully understand her motives. Overall, very depressing.
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Loosed in Transla...: Broken Glass Park 1 13 Oct 26, 2010 10:31PM  
  • Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio
  • The Homecoming Party
  • Heliopolis
  • The Art Of Losing
  • The Midnight Choir
  • Limassol
  • Adams Erbe
  • Cooking with Fernet Branca (Gerald Samper, #1)
  • La monaca
  • Minotaur
  • Everything Happens Today
  • Chalcot Crescent
  • Cecilia
  • One More Year
  • Summertime All the Cats Are Bored
  • La rêveuse d'Ostende
  • The Jewish Husband
  • The Sexual Life of an Islamist in Paris
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 first novel, Broken Glass Park, was nominated for one of Europe’s most prestigious literary awards, the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize.
“Watch out for people who feel weak. They may want to feel strong one day and you might not survive that moment.” 7 likes
“Learn everything you want to know, and then learn some more. Don't worry if something doesn't go well. You are capable of so much.” 5 likes
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