All Russians Love Birch Trees: A Novel

April 21, 2016|
All Russians Love Birch Trees: A Novel by Olga Grjasnowa
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An award-winning debut novel about a quirky immigrant’s journey through a multicultural, post-nationalist landscape
 
Set in Frankfurt, All Russians Love Birch Trees follows a young immigrant named Masha. Fluent in five languages and able to get by in several others, Masha lives with her boyfriend, Elias. Her best friends are Muslims struggling to obtain residence permits, and her parents rarely leave the house except to compare gas prices. Masha has nearly completed her studies to become an interpreter, when suddenly Elias is hospitalized after a serious soccer injury and dies, forcing her to question a past that has haunted her for years.
 
Olga Grjasnowa has a unique gift for seeing the funny side of even the most tragic situations. With cool irony, her debut novel tells the story of a headstrong young woman for whom the issue of origin and nationality is immaterial—her Jewish background has taught her she can survive anywhere. Yet Masha isn’t equipped to deal with grief, and this all-too-normal shortcoming gives a particularly bittersweet quality to her adventures.
Olga Grjasnowa was born in 1984 in Baku, Azerbaijan, grew up in the Caucasus, and has spent extended periods in Poland, Russia, and israel. She moved to Germany at the age of twelve and is a graduate of the German institute for Literature/Creative Writing in Leipzig. In 2010 she was awarded the Dramatist Prize of the Wiener Wortstä...
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Title:All Russians Love Birch Trees: A Novel
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:336 pages, 8.19 X 5.53 X 0.91 in
Shipping dimensions:336 pages, 8.19 X 5.53 X 0.91 in
Published:April 21, 2016
Publisher:Other Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781590515846

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