Alina Bronsky

My Grandmother’s Braid

Der Zopf meiner Großmutter

My Grandmother’s Braid

English sample translation by Tim Mohr available

*My grandmother, my grandfather, his lover and I –
a wickedly humorous novel about an idiosyncratic yet extremely loveable family*

“I can remember the moment my grandfather fell in love perfectly. It was clear that my grandmother wasn’t supposed to get wind of it. She had already threatened to kill him for less – like when he made crumbs with his bread during dinner, for example.”

Max’s grandmother used to be an acclaimed dancer in Russia years ago. Decades later, in a residential home for refugees in Germany, she has established a tough but warmhearted regime of terror. When she isn’t railing against the German school system, German sweets or her fellow human beings and their religions, she’s protecting her grandson from the detrimental influences of the world. So she’s the last to find out that her husband has fallen in love. Yet what would be the end for other families is only the beginning for Max and his grandparents.

A novel about a woman trying to gain a foothold in a society that eludes her, a man capable of controlling everything but his emotions and a boy navigating the insanity of grown-ups and mediating between worlds. And about how a patchwork can work – even if the protagonists themselves have never even heard of the concept.



ISBN: 978-3-462-05145-2
release: 09. May 2019
224 pages, gebunden mit SU


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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.