How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone (Paperback)

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By Sasa Stanisic, Anthea Bell (Translator)
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How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone is a novel in the tradition of The Things They Carried. It is about war and stories, but it is not a traditional “war story” per se. Sasa Stanisic has crafted a beautifully complex novel about the conflict in Bosnia, his homeland, that defies the conventions of storytelling, and yet keeps the reader hanging on to his every word. Stanisic shows us conflict through the eyes of a child: curious, impulsive, and innocent. He also writes with the voice of someone who has experienced and escaped the height of the conflict by conveying the haunting and emotional reality of those who have left loved ones behind—those who ask, “Why not me?” Stanisic is an immensely talented writer, and his first novel is not to be missed.

Sarah B.

July 2008 Indie Next List


“A child matures in Bosnia as war comes clanking down his street and he tries to make sense of the good and the bad in the world through stories. A bold novel, and timely.”
— Russ Lawrence, Chapter One Book Store, Inc., Hamilton, MT

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“A child matures in Bosnia as war comes clanking down his street and he tries to make sense of the good and the bad in the world through stories. A bold novel, and timely.”
— Russ Lawrence, Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton, MT

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The hardcover publication of How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone launched Stanisic as an exciting and important new voice in literary fiction and earned exuberant praise from readers and critics alike. Now in paperback, Stanisic's debut about a boy who experiences the Bosnian War and finds the secret to survival in language and stories is bound to dazzle a whole new readership.
For Aleksandar Krsmanovic, Grandpa Slavko's stories endow life in Visegrad with a kaleidoscopic brilliance. Neighbors, friends, and family past and present take on a mythic quality; the River Drina courses through town like the pulse of life itself. So when his grandfather dies suddenly, Aleksandar promises to carry on the tradition. But then soldiers invade Visegrad—a town previously unconscious of racial and religious divides—and it's no longer important that Aleksandar is the best magician in the nonaligned states; suddenly it is important to have the right last name and to convince the soldiers that Asija, the Muslim girl who turns up in his apartment building, is his sister.
Alive with the magic of childhood, the surreality of war and exile, and the power of language, every page of this glittering novel thrums with the joy of storytelling.

Praise For…


A bold, questing work of art.”Los Angeles Times

Funny, heartbreaking, beautifully written.”The Seattle Times

Wildly inventive . . . It rages rough and broad and joyful.”San Francisco Chronicle

The magic of storytelling lies at the heart of Saša Stanišic’s sensational debut. . . . A book that will dominate the discourse on how children experience war for a long time to come.”Foreign Policy

Poignant and hauntingly beautiful.”The Village Voice

Will convert skeptics with the sheer force of its emotional power.”The Oregonian

An astonishing accomplishment . . . Enthralling, something you can’t put down.”Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Dazzling . . . A novel rich with experience and imagination.”Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9780802144225
ISBN-10: 0802144225
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: May 1st, 2009
Pages: 345
Language: English