Interview with Saša Stanišić

February 20, 2009

Saša Stanišić, who participated in the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program in 2007, has an interesting interview in The Australian today about his novel How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone, published last year in English translation from the original German. Stanišić is from a town that is now in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but his family fled to Germany during the Balkans War in 1992. His novel, he says, reflects his own life in the basic trajectory of the protagonist’s life — Aleksandar flees Bosnia to Germany during the war and then looks back on his past — but Stanišić also notes, “I wanted to tell a universal story of loss, of the absurdity of war, of childhood and of growing up under these radical circumstances, a story which can happen, which does happen, everywhere in the world right now.”

-ar

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