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Alina Bronsky

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Alina Bronsky

The Daily Beast calls Alina Bronsky "an exciting new voice in the literary world." Bronsky is the author of Broken Glass Park and The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, which was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Born in Yekaterinburg, an industrial town at the foot of the Ural Mountains in central Russia, Bronsky now lives in Berlin.

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The Old Testament reads: “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Sascha, a seventeen-year-old Russian immigrant in Germany has two dreams: to kill her stepfather Vadim, and to write a book...
Alina Bronsky's Broken Glass Park has been exciting booksellers and book clubs leaders during the days leading up to its release this week. We thought we'd share some of the comments we've been receiving...
Words Without Borders translates, publishes, and promotes the finest contemporary international literature. The PEN World Voices Festival launches its sixth annual celebration of global literature at...
The Boston Bibliophile recently published a review of Broken Glass Park. The literary blog is now releasing an interview with the author of the novel, Alina Bronsky. Can you tell us a little about...

Latest reviews

  • "With quiet understatement, Bronsky offers us a glimpse of life in the radioactive abyss."
    — Kirkus Reviews, Apr 13 2016
  • “Alina Bronsky’s brilliance,” one critic writes of the Russian-born German novelist, “is the perfect distance at which she holds her characters, letting them twist in the wind, so that it becomes almost impossible to know how she wants her readers to feel about them.”...
    — Aug 25 2015
  • If To Mervas is a novel of moving from inside to outside and back again, Alina Bronsky’s Just Call Me Superhero (translated from the German by Tim Mohr) is one of crossing into unfamiliar worlds. It begins with our narrator, Marek, arriving at what he thinks will be a tutorial...
    — Aug 18 2015
  • The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky, translated from the German by Tim Mohr is in the running to win the Women's World Cup of Literature!
    — Jun 1 2015
  • “Germany is a good country... I’ve heard they wash the streets with shampoo there.” Rosa Achmetowna is determined to get her family (and herself—really, mostly herself) out of the Soviet Union, and a marriage between her daughter and a visiting German national...
    — May 15 2015
  • Alina Bronsky’s deftly translated novel is a coming-of-age story as well as one of coming to terms with oneself and the world. Our “superhero” is seventeen-year-old Marek, who had been a handsome boy and the much-admired star of his high-school theater group—until he...
    — Apr 14 2015
  • After being disfigured by a Rottweiler and withdrawing from society, Marek finds himself attending a meeting with other similarly-affected individuals. Enamored with the wheelchair-bound Janne, a girl he meets at the meeting, Marek is lured to additional meetings. When the group’s...
    — Mar 27 2015
  • Just Call Me Superhero by Alina Bronsky, trans. by Tim Mohr (Europa Editions, $16 trade paper, 9781609452292, November 4, 2014) Teenager Marek's face was horribly disfigured in a much-publicized Rottweiler attack. He has joined a support group for young people with physical...
    — Oct 27 2014
  • Russian-born Alina Bronsky made a splash with 2011’s The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, with praise from sources as varied as The Daily Beast and the Financial Times. She’s back with a third novel, Just Call Me Superhero, serving up more biting wit and a no-frills...
    — Oct 4 2014
  • Bronksy’s biting coming-of-age first novel, Broken Glass Park, was nominated for the Bachmann Prize; the follow-up, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, was named a PW Best Book of the Year. In this third novel, a 17-year-old boy badly mauled by a dog joins a support group...
    — Aug 11 2014
  • A German teen learns the importance of friendship, family and forgiveness in Bronsky's third novel (The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, 2011, etc.). After Marek is attacked by a Rottweiler, his disfigured face isn't the only thing giving pain to the formerly handsome...
    — Jul 29 2014
  • Book review by UC Berkeley undergraduate student Melissa Carlson:    Alina Bronsky’s novel, The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, which was written in 2010, examines identity and culture in a Tartar family living in Russia...
    — Apr 9 2014
  • Video book review of the novel BROKEN GLASS PARK by Alina Bronsky. [YouTube]
    — Sep 11 2012
  • The Hottest Dishes of the  Tartar Cuisine  Alina Bronsky  translated by Tim Mohr  Europa Editions ($15)  by Daniela Hurezanu Like actors, novelists are of two kinds: the Clint Eastwood type, who create an overarching persona, and the Robert...
    — Oct 19 2011
  • Loving a Monster: Alina Bronsky’s The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine By Janet Potter posted at 6:00 am on September 19, 2011  Imagine Sophia from The Golden Girls in Soviet Russia – spewing insults, exaggerating her own worth, bemoaning...
    — Sep 19 2011
  • You think you've got mother problems. Meet Rosa, Tartar matriarch and Mommy Dearest. Poor Sulfia, 17, lives with Rosa and her father, Kalganow, in a communal apartment somewhere in Russia. Rosa is not above using her considerable charms (she's quite proud of her good looks)
    — Jul 27 2011
  • In this acidly funny novel, three generations of Russian women survive Communism, emigration, disease, pedophiles, poverty, and, most impressively, each other. The narrator, Rosalinda Achmetowna, is a vain and scornful mother, who berates her hapless husband as a “turd” and...
    — Jun 28 2011
  • In "The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine," author Alina Bronsky, who left Russia for Germany when she was 13, gives us an updated unreliable Russian narrator. Unlike the nameless ranter in " Notes From Underground," however, Rosa isn't about to be picked...
    — Jun 20 2011
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    — Jun 6 2011
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    — Jun 1 2011

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