Baba Dunja’s Last Love by Alina Bronksy, trans. Tim Mohr [Editors' Picks]

Baba Dunja’s Last Love by Alina Bronksy, trans. Tim Mohr [Editors' Picks]

Baba Dunja’s Last Love by Alina Bronksy, trans. Tim Mohr [Editors' Picks]

Alina Bronsky is skillful at inventing darkly humorous protagonists, and Baba Dunja is no exception. This short novel is a surprising story told by a stubborn, amusing grandmother who lives in an abandoned village that’s nestled in a post-Chernobyl “death zone.” She’s not as menacing and brash as Bronsky’s Russian matriarch Rosa from The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine, and this makes Baba Dunja all the more compelling to unravel...