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Just Call Me Superhero (excerpt)

Alina Bronsky

Alina Bronsky was born in

Yekaterinburg, an industrial

town at the foot of the Ural

Mountains in central Russia,

and moved to Germany when she was thirteen.

Just Call Me Superhero

is her third novel. After an

encounter with a dog, seventeen-year-old Marek attends a

support group for young people with physical disabilities,

run by "the Guru". Marek sees little connection between the

group's misfortunes and his own. The one exception to this

is Janne, the beautiful young wheelchair-bound woman

with whom he has fallen in love, in this atmospheric

evocation of modern Berlin, a vivid portrait of youth under

pressure.

Translated from German by Tim Mohr.