Longlisted for the German Book Prize 2015
Complete English translation by Tim Mohr available
"If I still let people surprise me at my age, I wouldn’t have time to brush my teeth."
Baba Dunja is a Chernobyl returnee. The former nurse and her neighbours create a new life for themselves in a no-man’s land where – in the wake of the reactor disaster – the rest of the world fears the ticking Geiger counter and radioactive forest fruits. But they have everything they need – water from a well, vegetables from their own garden, even sometimes electricity but, most important of all, peace and quiet. While the terminally ill Petrov passes the time reading love poems in his hammock, Marja takes up with the almost 100-year-old Sidorow and Baba Dunja writes letters to her daughter. Until one day, a stranger turns up in the village – and once again the community faces liquidation.
Alina Bronsky tells the story of a village that shouldn’t exist anymore and of an unusual woman who late in life finds her own self-designed paradise – a magical and absorbing modern-day tale, full of energy and poetry, love and humour.
release: 17. August 2015
160 pages, gebunden mit SU
- 16,00 €
- 0,00 sFr
- 16,50 €
Bulgaria: Ciela Norma
Denmark: Kristeligt Dagblads Forlag
France: Actes Sud
Great Britain: Europa Editions
Italy: Keller Editore
Lithuania: Aukso Zuvys
Spain (world rights): Tres Puntos
Spain/Catalan: Les Hores
USA: Europa Editions
About the Author
Alina Bronsky, born in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in 1978, has been living in Germany since the early 1990s. Her debut novel Scherbenpark (“Broken Glass Park”) was a bestseller and was adapted for the big screen. She followed it up with the novels Die schärfsten Gerichte der tatarischen Küche (“The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine”) and Nenn mich einfach Superheld (“Just Call Me Superhero”). Baba Dunjas letzte Liebe (“Baba Dunja’s Last Love”) was nominated for the German Book Prize 2015 and enjoyed great popular success. She lives in Berlin.