Meet Aleksandar: a young boy living in what is now known as Bosnia-Herzegovina with his family. His young life is peaceful to start – but then war breaks out, and he is forced to flee with his family to Germany.

How the soldier repairs the gramophone by Saša Stanišic follows Aleksandar as he grows up with the knowledge of the war and devastating ethnic cleansing taking place around him. As he grows up safe in Germany, away from the war, he is left wondering what happened to those he left behind. In particular, a beautiful young Muslim girl named Asija…