How The Soldier Repairs The Gramophone Paperback – 11 Jun 2009
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Sasa Stanisic's inventive flourishes...inject the novel with a breezy bravado. (INDEPENDENT)
a sad and magical book (SCOTSMAN)
An enchanting tale that captures the impact of war on people's lives (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)
A fresh, poignant and very funny novel about a young child caught up in the Bosnian conflict.See all Product description
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The blurb on the back cover compares Stanisi' with Jonathan Safran Foer and David Foster Wallace, which gives you some idea of the kind of writer he is: a clever young man who isn't afraid to leave evidence of his cleverness on the page. There are sections written in different voices, stylistic quirks, elements you might call magical realist, a bit of a book-within-a-book and so on. In fiction there can be a fine line between overtly clever and overly clever, and for the first few chapters I was a bit unsure which side of the line this book falls, but it won me over.
It's by no means a perfect novel -- it's a bit messy -- but it's interesting, funny and clever and in the end I found it surprisingly moving.
The author has a poetic and amusing tumble of childhood memories from rural Yugoslavia; they continue to thread their way through his consciousness and become more real than the war he is actually experiencing. A truly delightful book that goes a long way in explaining how neighbours can fight one another in an almost detached manner and then meet one another in the street afterwards.